Your Councillors

Your Councillors

Local Councillors are elected by the community to decide how the council should carry out its various activities. They represent public interest as well as individuals living within the ward in which he or she has been elected to serve a term of office.

They have regular contact with the general public through council meetings, telephone calls or surgeries. Surgeries provide an opportunity for any ward resident to go and talk their councillor face to face and these take place on a regular basis.

Councillors are not paid a salary for their work, but they do receive allowances. By law, all members of the Council are required to complete a declaration of interest form, the details of which are published.

To find your councillor please use the below links:

Members' Allowances

The elected members of the City Council receive allowances in recognition of the time, work and costs involved in representing the people of Manchester. The Council's scheme of allowances is based on the rules set out in national legislation. The levels of allowances paid are agreed by an external independent panel who report to the council on what is appropriate, based on the panel's analysis of the changing demands and pressures of members' workloads, and on comparisons with other councils in England.


All the elected members are paid a Basic Allowance each year. This relates to the work they all do as local councillors, representing their constituents, travelling round the city, attending council and local community meetings.

Those members with additional duties and responsibilities also receive a Special Responsibility Allowance for the extra work in relation to that further responsibility.

Both types of allowances are subject to taxation.

Expenses Refunds

Members can reclaim a limited range of travel and other expenses they have paid out of their own pocket when they have had to travel out of the city or when they are out of pocket for some other approved reason, such as child care expenses for when they have to attend an important community meeting.

The details of the allowances paid to each councillor are published on the website.