The role of a Councillor

Your local Councillor has the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Collectively be the ultimate policy-makers and carry out a number of strategic and corporate management functions
  • Be involved in decision-making, having due regard for the needs of the borough, district, ward and council
  • Participate in the governance and management of the Council and, where necessary, be involved in the exercise of the Council’s quasi-judicial functions
  • Contribute to the good governance of the area, at borough and district level, and actively encourage community participation, citizen involvement and self-help
  • Balance different interests identified within the borough, ward or electoral division and represent the borough, ward or electoral division as a whole
  • Deal with individual casework, enquiries and representations, acting fairly and impartially as an advocate
  • Represent the work of the council to local people
  • Be an active and visible community leader on behalf of the whole community
  • Encourage and support local people to play a positive and active role in building a confident and ambitious borough where everybody does their bit
  • Act as corporate parents to looked after children in the borough
  • Maintain the highest standards of conduct and ethics in line with the Council’s code of conduct
  • Commit to their ongoing development throughout their time as a councillor, attending such training, development and briefing sessions as may be relevant to any of the responsibilities they take on as a councillor
  • Be available to sit on an overview and scrutiny committee except for those members appointed to the Cabinet
  • Be available to represent the Council on other bodies
  • Act as an ambassador for the borough and the council at a local, regional and national level

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