Allowances claims drop below £1.8m
County councillors claimed just under £1.8m in expenses and allowances – their “pay” – last year.
The overall £1,784,219 for the 84 elected members in 2012- 2013 is down on the previous year by 1%, from £1,801,693.
Councillors recently voted for a pay freeze over the next four years after an independent panel said a hike was inappropriate.
Of the claims made last year, the bulk was the basic allowance of £12,805 that every councillor is entitled to. That made up £1,063,741.
The second largest sum was for those councillors paid so- called special responsibility allowances (SRA), principally members of the Conservative cabinet.
Each cabinet member is paid £27,371 while deputy cabinet members receive £12,633.
Other SRA payments are made to opposition leaders and committee chairmen.
Council leader Paul Carter received £54,913 – £42,109 for his role as leader and £12,805 in basic allowance.
Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Trudy Dean received £ 21,412, of which £8,607 was as official opposition leader.
Councillors claimed £130,594 for car mileage and £7,422 for public transport on council business.