The councillor’s role | Local Government Association
To access information about your local councillor, polling station and wards in your meet your Councillors through Area Committees, which make decisions. You can find out who your local councillor is from the your councillors list. The council Members' Code of Conduct sets clear guidance for councillors, the key. We have 75 councillors in Fife – together they make up Fife Council. of the public can find out when their councillor is next holding a public meeting. Protocol and the Standards Commission's Councillors' Code of Conduct (and associated.
The ICO can be contacted in writing at: This document sets out the behaviours that are expected of all Councillors and we, in all political groups, endorse the statement and will promote the expected standards of behaviour within our respective groups. Inappropriate behaviour is determined by the impact that it has on the individual, even if there was no intention to cause offence.
The level of conduct expected applies to all situations where we act as a Councillor including meetings of the Council; when we are representing the Council on official business; and in our informal dealings with Council employees, party political groups and members of the public.
We as Councillors are accountable for our own individual conduct at all times, irrespective of the conduct of others.
The high standards of behaviour expected of us as Councillors also extends to our interactions on social media for example social networking sites, blogs, wikis. As a Councillor it is expected that we will: Treat everyone we come into contact with in the course of our duties as a Councillor with courtesy and respect, even if we disagree with their views.
Respect the convener, our colleagues, Council employees and any members of the public present during meetings of the Council, its Committees or Sub-Committees or any other formal meetings where we represent the Council. Therefore if a Convener witnesses inappropriate behaviour during a meeting, they are expected to ask the individual to stop the behaviour.
If any Councillor is subjected to or witnesses behaviour that falls short of these expectations it is often better to take action early on rather to allow it to worsen by doing nothing, or for the situation to be repeated by others.
The individual may be unaware of the behaviour that is causing offence, and although this is not an excuse for such behaviour, they will often stop the behaviour once they are aware of its impact. You may also wish to refer the matter within your own political group or to the Standards and Audit Committee for consideration.
As the local elected representative you will engage with residents and groups on a wide range of different issues and take on an important community leadership role.
Your Councillors | Brentwood Borough Council
At the council you will contribute to the development of policies and strategies, including budget setting, and you may be involved in scrutinising council decisions or taking decisions on planning or licensing applications. Representing your local area A councillor's primary role is to represent their ward or division and the people who live in it.
Councillors provide a bridge between the community and the council. As well as being an advocate for your local residents and signposting them to the right people at the council, you will need to keep them informed about the issues that affect them. In order to understand and represent local views and priorities, you need to build strong relationships and encourage local people to make their views known and engage with you and the council.
Good communication and engagement is central to being an effective councillor. As a local councillor, your residents will expect you to: Community leadership Community leadership is at the heart of modern local government.
Councils work in partnership with local communities and organisations — including the public, voluntary, community and private sectors — to develop a vision for their local area, working collaboratively to improve services and quality of life for citizens.
Councillors have a lead role in this process. Developing council policy Councils need clear strategies and policies to enable them to achieve their vision for the area, make the best use of resources and deliver services that meet the needs of local communities.
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As a local councillor you will contribute to the development of these policies and strategies, bringing the views and priorities of your local area to the debate. How you do this will depend on the committees and forums you are appointed to. However, the council's policy framework must be signed off by full council, on which every councillor sits. Planning and regulation Councils are not just service providers, they also act as regulators.