Members' allowances

Cheshire East Council has adopted a Scheme of Members' Allowances for 2017/ 2018 (PDF, 296KB).

Allowances paid to councillors

In accordance with The Local Authorities (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003, the Council is required to produce a summary of the total amount of Allowances paid to Council Members (Councillors) during the previous financial year inclusive of payments as Directors of ASDV’s from 14/15 onwards.

Operating companies' payments to directors

Cheshire East Council’s alternative service delivery vehicles (ASDVs) have published details of payments to elected members who serve as directors.

ASDVs are companies, wholly-owned by the Council, which provide services for residents and are run on a day-to-day basis by their own boards of directors.

The ASDV companies are:

  • Tatton Park Enterprises, which provides catering staff and services for Tatton Park;
  • Cheshire East Residents First Limited, a group holding company whose operating subsidiaries are: Engine of the North Limited, which manages the Council’s land and buildings; Ansa Limited, which manages waste collection, vehicle fleets, parks and grounds maintenance, and street cleansing; Orbitas Limited, which provides burial, cremation, memorial and bereavement support services.

Elected members who already receive a special responsibility allowance (SRA) from the Council do not benefit twice, because their directors’ pay is deducted from their SRA.

Full details of payments to elected members who serve as directors of ASDVs for initial year of 2013/14

Independent remuneration panel

In accordance with the Local Authorities (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003, Cheshire East Council has appointed an Independent Remuneration Panel whose function is to advise the Council on its Members' Allowances scheme and the level of allowances to be paid. The Council must have regard to this advice before reviewing or amending its scheme.

Panel members are independent of the Council and they must have no connection to elected Members or be politically active. They are appointed for a four year term of office with the present Panel appointed to November 2019.

The Panel is chaired by Professor Steve Leach. The three other members are Mr Eric Shaw, Mr Patrick Grange and Mrs Mandy Ramsden. An allowance is paid to the Chairman and Panel members and travel expenses can be claimed.

Reports of the panel

The Panel carries out a review of the Scheme of Members' Allowances each year to ensure that it remains relevant and fit for purpose. It submits its reports (containing its recommendations) to Council. If you wish the Panel to consider your views please email Democratic Services.

Councillors declaration of interest

All members of the Council are required by law to complete a declaration of interest form to register their interests.

Amongst other things these include:

  • details of any employment or business carried out by them
  • the name of their employer
  • membership of outside bodies
  • details of any significant shareholdings
  • contracts between themselves/their firm and the Council
  • interests in land in the area
  • gifts and hospitality

The declaration of interest of every member can be viewed online by opening the web page for each individual Councillor. List of Councillors

The full Register is maintained by the Monitoring Officer and is available for inspection by appointment at Westfields during normal office hours, Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm (except public holidays).

Outside organisations

The Council to participates actively as a partner in the network of local organisations across the whole of Cheshire East area and appoints representatives to serve on a variety of partner organisations outside the Council.