What does a Councillor do?
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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- To participate, as appointed, in consultative processes with the community and other organisations.
- To represent the Council to the community and the community to the Council.
- 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.
- 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.
- To contribute constructively to open government and democratic renewal through active encouragement to the community to participate generally in the government of the area.
- To participate in the activities of any political group if you are a member.
- To attend all meetings of Committees and bodies to which you are appointed, unless there is a bona fide reason not to.
- 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.