May 2007 saw the introduction of salaries for elected members. The basic remuneration for councillors with no significant additional responsibilities in the Council's policy development or decision-making structures has been set at £15,452: this figure is set nationally and applies to the majority (around 62%) of councillors. A limited number of senior councillors - e.g. opposition spokesmen and committee convenors - receive enhanced salaries. There are four different salary levels for council leaders, which vary according to the size of the authority: £30,905, £36,055, £41,206 and £51,508. In addition, councillors are eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme, if they so wish, and are entitled to reimbursement of receipted travel and subsistence expenses necessarily incurred during council duties.
See also: Scottish Local Authorities Remuneration Committee (SLARC)