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All members of the Council receive a Basic Allowance of £9,976 per year.

In addition to the Basic Allowance, some positions receive Special Responsibility Allowances or other Allowances (see table below).

Each stated member receives the amount shown - it is not split between recipients unless stated.

Member Allowances - May 2021-22

Position Member Amount
Basic Allowance All Elected Members £9,976
Amounts shown are payments related to Special Responsibility Allowances

Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic and Social Reform

Combined Authority Payment (Leader)

Cllr A Shah



Statutory Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods Cllr A Chadderton £20,950
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Low Carbon Cllr A Jabbar £20,950
Joint Opposition Leader and Shadow Cabinet Member for Economic and Social Reform and Shadow Cabinet for Corporate Services Cllr H Sykes £14,964
Joint Opposition Leader and Shadow Cabinet Member for Economic and Social Reform Cllr G Sheldon £14,964
Joint Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance and Low Carbon Cllr C Gloster £5,986
Joint Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Cabinet Member for Employment and Enterprise Cllr B Sharp £5,986
Executive Members (Cabinet):
Children and Young People Cllr E Moores £17,957
Education Cllr S Mushtaq  
Health and Social Care Cllr Z Chauhan  
Housing  Cllr H Roberts  
Corporate Services Cllr J Stretton  
Employment and Enterprise Cllr S Akthar  
Deputy Executive Members (Cabinet):
Children and Young People Cllr V Leach £7,482
Education and Skills Cllr M Ali  
Health and Social Care Cllr R Birch  
Corporate Services Cllr C Goodwin  
Employment and Enterprise Cllr C Pythian  
Neighbourhoods Cllr S Williams  
Finance and Low Carbon Cllr G Hulme  
Chairs of :
Licensing Cllr E Taylor £8,978
Planning Cllr P Dean  
Overview and Scrutiny Board Cllr C McLaren  
Performance and Value for Money Cllr R Ahmad  
Health and Wellbeing Cllr M Bashforth  
Health Scrutiny Cllr Y Toor  
Standards Committee Cllr P Dean N/A
District Executive Chairs:
Chadderton Cllr B Brownridge £6,286
Saddleworth and Lees Cllr P Byrne £6,286
Failsworth and Hollinwood Cllr N Briggs £6,286
Shaw and Crompton Cllr D Williamson £5,387
Oldham East Cllr A Salamat £7,182
Oldham West Cllr M Alyas £6,286
Royton Cllr S Bashforth NA
Shadow Executive Members:
Education and Skills Cllr H Gloster, Cllr M Woodvine £2,993
Health and Social Care Cllr L Hamblett, Cllr S Abid £2,993
Employment and Enterprise Cllr M Kenyon £2,993
Corporate Services     Cllr J Curley £2,993
Neighbourhoods Cllr D Murphy £2,993
  Cllr P Byrne NA
Housing Cllr S Al-Hamdani, Cllr L Lancaster £2,993
Finance and Low Carbon Cllr D Arnott £2,993
Children and Young People Cllr D Williamson, Cllr S Abid NA
Other allowances:
Greater Manchester Pension Fund Cllr A Jabbar £1,460
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Cllr H Sykes, Cllr N Briggs £4,069
Oldham Care and Support Chair (Miocare) Cllr S Bashforth £8,978
Oldham Unity Partnership Chair  Cllr G Shuttleworth £8,978
Leader’s Special Responsibility Allowance

Cllr M Nazrul Islam (Vice Chair of Audit) 

Cllr P Davis (Chair of TRO)

Cllr H Sykes (Corporate Services)

Cllr L Hamblett (Equality)

Peak District NP Cllr C McLaren £1,698
Chair of Waste Cllr P Davis £1496
Mayoral Allowance Cllr J Harrison £15,652
Deputy Mayoral Allowance Cllr E Garry £3,075

Refreshment allowance

Subsistence when absent from normal place of residence:

  • Breakfast £7
  • Lunch £8
  • Evening Meal £14


45p per mile for first 10,000 miles, outside the borough, per annum and a rate of 25p per mile over 10,000 miles.

Carer's Allowance

The Council will make payments for the reimbursement of the care of dependent relatives living with acouncillor.

A dependent relative is defined as:

  • Children under the age of 15 years
  • Elderly relatives requiring full-time care
  • Relatives with disabilities who require full-time care.

Councillors claiming the allowance shall provide medical or social work or other evidence that care is required for the purposes of audit as requested.

The allowance shall not be payable in respect of care provided by a member of the Councillor's immediate family or household.

The Carer's Allowance may be paid to Councillors undertaking the following duties:

Attendance at a meeting of the Authority, a Committee or sub-committee of the Authority, any body to which the council has nominated him/her as the Council's representative

  • Any meeting to which Members of more than one political group have been invited
  • Attendance on a training development course for the purpose of fulfilling the duties of an Elected Member of the Authority.

Carer's Allowance will be capped at a maximum of ten hours in any week.

The hourly rate is £5.80 giving a maximum claim per week of £58.00.

Hours may be calculated from the time of leaving home to the time of returning home following attendance on Council business as detailed above.

Should a member wish to appeal should a claim be refused this will be referred to the StandardsCommittee for decision.