County, in a two tier authority at the time, now unitary.I assume that was a town or city councillor rather than a parish councillor.
The allowances at Durham County Council are fairly typical.
A basic of £13,300, but many get top ups of hundreds or thousands for 'special responsibilities'.
At the top, leader Simon Henig pulls in best part of a grand a week.
As is said locally, a lot of the retired miners on the council 'earn' more there than they ever did down the pit.