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Payments to councillors

Councillors receive an annual salary and can claim money to cover certain expenses. All payments are subject to Income Tax and National Insurance.

Salaries and expenses

There are 4 levels of salary paid to councillors depending on their role, the figures are set by the Scottish Government. Current levels of pay are:

  • Leader of the Council - £33,454
  • Depute Leader - £25,090
  • Senior Councillor - £18,180 or £22,927 (varies based on responsibilities)
  • Councillor - £16,726

Councillors can also claim expenses to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and meals that are necessary to undertake official duties.

Telephones and computers

We provide councillors with mobile phones and computer equipment to carry out their council business. We pay the cost directly but the figures are included in the information we publish about each councillor's expenses.

Download information

We're required to publish a record of the payments made to councillors each year:

We also publish copies of any claim forms submitted for expenses each month:

You can ask to see these records in person by writing to Legal and Regulatory, Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries, DG1 2DD. 

Further information

Detailed guidance on our arrangements is available to download:

Related Information

Contact Details


Legal and Regulatory

Council Offices
English Street

Tel: 01387 260035 or 01387 260039
Fax: 01387 260034

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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