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What does a Councillor do?

Councillors are elected to represent a number of local residents in their electoral area. Councillors represent everyone in their area and not just those who voted for them, they have responsibilities to their ward, the Council and the community as a whole. You will be part of a public organisation which is working in partnership with other organisations across various services as well as improving service delivery and quality of life for local residents.

As a Councillor you will be expected to regularly attend Council meetings and be actively involved with your community. Councillors may also be chosen to represent the Council on Committees and outside bodies.

A Councillor's role includes:

  • Representing your local ward
  • Advise residents of the Council services available
  • Attend Parish/Town Council meetings as appropriate
  • Help develop the Council's budget and agree the level of Council Tax
  • Regularly attend training to ensure knowledge is kept up to date
  • Decision making
  • Policy and strategy review and development
  • Regulatory duties
  • Community leadership and engagement.

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