Town Councillors receive no payment, remuneration or allowance at Felixstowe Town Council.

The Mayor’s Allowance for 2017/18 has been set at £6,000.

Section 15(5) of the Local Government Act 1972 provides that Parish and Town Councils may pay its Mayor “for the purpose of enabling him to meet the expenses of his office such allowance as the council think reasonable.”

Provisions made for the Mayor’s allowance in the Local Government Act 1972 do not extend to the Deputy Mayor, who is treated the same as all other Town Councillors. However, it is acknowledged that the Deputy Mayor is likely to incur costs associated with officially substituting for the Town Mayor in his/her absence. It is therefore reasonable that any legitimate out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the Deputy Mayor while deputising for the Mayor be payable out of the Mayor’s Allowance.

 

The Mayoral Allowance is expected to defray the cost of associated with the office of Town Mayor such as:

• Travelling to functions that the Mayor has been invited to in his/her capacity as Mayor
• Making monetary contributions to local charity and community organisations
• Supporting the Mayor’s chosen charity/charities
• To cover other costs of attending functions (e.g. purchase of raffle tickets, poppy collections)
• To provide suitable outfits to wear to official functions
• Hospitality/Reception costs
• One off events held by the Mayor