My Allowances and Expenses

My Councillor Expenses from Durham County Council have been as follows:

 

Year Basic Allowance (salary) Special Responsibility Allowance Travelling Expenses Subsistence Expenses Broadband Allowance
2011-12 £13,300 £3,325 £0 £0 £84
2012-13 £13,300 £3,325 £265 £43 £84
2013-14 £13,300 £465 £0 £30 £84

The Special responsibility Allowance was paid for my role as leader of the Liberal Democrat Group (I stepped down from that role in May 2013)

In 2012-13, the expenses relate to attendance at two conferences relating to Local Government Pensions (I am a member of the Pensions Fund Committee). The first being a 1-day event in London  and the second a 3-day event in the Cotswolds. Subsistence related to meals overnight in London and en route to/from both events (I paid for some meals for two people). Travelling was car mileage to the latter event as it was cheaper for two people to go together by car than by train+taxi.

In 2013-14 the expenses relate to attendance at a conference relating to Local Government Pensions held in London. Subsistence related to meals overnight in London and en route (I paid for some meals for two people).