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Expenses and allowances

County councillor are not paid a salary, but receive a basic allowance of £12,000 to help them fulfil their duties.

Councillors with extra responsibilities, like members of the Cabinet, can receive an additional Special Responsibility Allowance.

Councillors can also claim expenses to cover the costs of things like travel while carrying out their duties.

The amount each councillor receives in expenses and allowances is published in a monthly report. At the end of the financial year, an annual report of expenses and allowances is published.

You can find out more about how we work out expenses and allowances as part of the Members Allowances Scheme in the Essex County Council Constitution.

Monthly expenses and allowances report

Monthly expenses and allowance reports are published 2-4 weeks after the month end.

Expenses and allowances January 2022 (PDF, 168.10kB)
Expenses and allowances December 2021 (PDF, 168.20kB)
Expenses and allowances November 2021 (PDF, 168.00kB)
Expenses and allowances October 2021 (PDF, 168.03kB)
Expenses and allowances September 2021 (PDF, 170.32kB)
Expenses and allowances August 2021 (PDF, 171.04kB)
Expenses and allowances July 2021 (PDF, 170.80kB)
Expenses and allowances June 2021 (PDF, 173.57kB)
Expenses and allowances May 2021 (PDF, 167.71kB)
Expenses and allowances April 2021 (PDF, 176.32kB)

Annual expenses and allowances summary

Expenses and allowances 2020 to 2021 (PDF, 171kB)
Expenses and allowances 2019 to 2020 (PDF, 191kB)
Expenses and allowances 2018 to 2019 (PDF 186kB)
Expenses and allowances 2017 to 2018 (PDF 266kB)

Locality Fund 2020 to 2021

Between April 2020 and January 2021 all Essex County Councillors were invited to nominate schemes or projects to benefit the division they represent. Up to £10,000 was available for each councillor. Councillors worked with community organisations and council services to deliver a range of schemes. See details of the schemes in our Locality Fund Report 2020 to 2021 (XLSX, 59.50kB).

Some councillors nominated schemes which were not able to be completed within the financial year, mainly because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Where possible, members reallocated the funding to other projects.

For further information on the Locality Fund, please email

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