Councillors allowances and expenses

The Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Remuneration) Regulations 2007, as amended, and the Local Government (Allowances and Expenses)(Scotland) Regulations 2007, as amended, specify the levels of salary, allowances and reimbursement of expenses which may be paid to local authority Elected Members.

Councillors' salaries

Councillors’ salaries were increased by 1% from 1 April 2015 in accordance with The Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Remuneration and Severance Payments) Amendment Regulations 2015 and therefore the annual amount payable to each Councillor increased from £16,560 to £16,726 per annum, unless he or she was entitled to one of the higher amounts payable to the Leader of the Council, the Convener or to Senior Councillors.  It should be noted that where a higher payment is made that is instead of the £16,726 and not in addition to this amount.

The number and designation of Senior Councillors was agreed in the Scheme of Remuneration at the meeting of Scottish Borders Council held on 24 May 2012, and then amended at the meeting of Council on 30 August 2012 to take account of changes to the Scheme of Administration.