What do Councillors do?

Your councillor is the person elected every 4 years to represent your local area.

They can help if you are dissatisfied with a council service by advising or directing you to someone who can help sort out your problem and can sometimes progress the case on your behalf.

As community leaders they put forward proposals to improve their ward, which may include bringing together different community groups to develop a case for change.

Each councillor has a role description and a person specification which sets out the responsibilities and functions and the qualities and skills they require. A copy of the Framework Member Role Descriptions and Person Specifications can be downloaded here.

The set of role descriptions and person specifications cover the following roles:

  • Elected Member
  • Leader
  • Cabinet Member
  • Chair of the Council
  • Chair of a regulatory committee
  • Member of a regulatory committee
  • Chair of an Overview and Scrutiny Committee
  • Member of an Overview and Scrutiny Committee
  • Leader of the Opposition
  • Member Champion

Some councillors perform more than one role (e.g. you can be an elected member and a scrutiny committee member and the Mayor).

To see what roles your councillor performs, find your local Councillor here.

Last Modified: 11/02/2022
For more information contact:

Democratic Services

Tel: 01495 762200

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