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Councillor Contribution Rates

Your contribution rate depends on how much you are paid and will be between 5.5% and 10.5% of the pensionable allowances you receive.  The only allowances that are pensionable are the Basic Allowance and Special Responsibility Allowance.

The rates below apply from 1 April 2020 and the pay ranges are increased in line with cost of living every April.

 Pensionable Pay

Contribution Rate

£0 - £15, 000
£15,001 - £22,900
£22,901 - £38,300
£38,301 - £46,400 6.8%
£46,401 - £91,900 8.5% 
More than £91,900 10.5%

As a member of the Scheme, you will receive tax relief on your contributions. 


Alice is paid £11,000 a year. 

She will pay 5.5% of her pay, making her monthly contribution approximately £50.

How much does the Council contribute?

The Council pays the balance of the cost of providing your benefits in the Scheme – this is normally a percentage of your pensionable pay.  Every three years an independent review is undertaken to calculate how much each Council should contribute.  The majority of Councils contribute a percentage contribution rate. The percentage contribution rates for the next three years are:


Council Contribution Rate

2020/21 19.5%




*The employer contribution rates for 2021/22 and 2022/23 remain under review due to the possible impact of the Covid-19 crisis. These may need to be increased at a later date.