The Mayor and all Councillors (known as ‘members’) receive a basic allowance which helps to cover the cost of being a member (e.g. telephone, stationery, costs of visiting constituents etc.). The Mayor and some Councillors who have additional responsibility also receive a Special Responsibility Allowance.  Details of all allowances payable to members are set out in the Council’s Members’ Allowances Scheme.
The Council is required (under the Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) Regulations 2003) to establish and maintain an independent remuneration panel to keep the Members’ Allowances Scheme under review and make recommendations to the Council regarding the Scheme.
In accordance with the above Regulations, Torbay Council has received a report from an independent remuneration panel containing recommendations in relation to the Council’s Members’ Allowances Scheme.
The Council considered the recommendations of the Independent Remuneration Panel at its meeting held on 7 April 2016 and decided not to accept any increases of decreases to the allowances.  Download a copy of the minute setting out the decision of Council.
A Review of Members' Allowance for Torbay Council
The seventh report by the Torbay Independent Remuneration Panel