What does a Councillor do?

Main Role

To participate constructively in the good government of the Council’s area; to contribute actively to the formation and scrutiny of the Authority’s policies, budget, strategies and service delivery; and to represent effectively, the interests of the Ward for which you are elected and deal with constituents’ enquiries and representations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To fulfil the statutory requirements of an Elected Member and the Council itself, including compliance with the Codes and Protocols, as set out in Part 5 of the Council's Constitution, and participation in those decisions and activities reserved to the Full Council (e.g. setting budget, overall priorities, strategy).
  2. To participate effectively as a Member of any Committee or Forum to which you have been appointed, including related responsibilities for the services falling within the Committee’s or Forum’s Terms of Reference.
  3. To participate in the activities of any outside body to which you have been appointed, providing two-way communication between the organisations; and to develop and maintain a working knowledge of the Authority’s policies and practices in relation to that body and of the community’s needs and aspirations in respect of that body’s role and functions.
  4. To participate, as appointed, in the scrutiny of the services and policies of the Council and their effectiveness in meeting the strategic objectives of the authority and the needs of its residents.
  5. To participate, as appointed, in consultative processes with the community and other organisations.
  6. To represent the Council to the community and the community to the Council.
  7. To develop and maintain a working knowledge of the Council’s services, management arrangements, powers/duties and constraints and to develop good working relationships with relevant Officers of the Council.
  8. To develop and maintain a working knowledge of the organisations, services, activities and other factors which impact upon the community’s well-being and identity.
  9. To contribute constructively to open government and democratic renewal through active encouragement to the community to participate generally in the government of the area.
  10. To participate in the activities of any political group if you are a member.
  11. To attend all meetings of Committees and bodies to which you are appointed, unless there is a bona fide reason not to.
  12. To promote and participate in Member training and attend a minimum of five training events per calendar year.

Depending on what title the Councillor holds, their role and responsibility may vary, for example they may be a Chair for a committee.

For a summary of all the roles and responsibilities of Councillors please follow this link to the How the Council Works page.