A Councillors Role and Key Tasks

A Councillor's Role and Key Tasks are:


  1. To participate constructively in the good governance of the District and the wider area;
  2. To contribute actively to formation and scrutiny of the authority's policies, budget, strategies and service delivery;
  3. To represent effectively the interests of the Councillor's Ward and deal with constituents' enquiries and representations;
  4. To champion causes which best relate to the interests and sustainability of the community and campaign for improvement of quality of life in the community in terms of equity, economy and the environment;
  5. If and when appointed, to represent the Council on outside bodies; and
  6. To engage in member development to enhance corporate and personal effectiveness.

Key tasks

  1. To fulfil statutory and any additional locally determined requirements of an elected member of a local authority and the authority itself, including compliance with all the relevant codes and protocols, and participation in those decisions and activities reserved for the full Council - eg. setting budgets;
  2. To participate effectively as a member of any committee or other body to which the Councillor is appointed;
  3. To participate in the activities of any outside body to which the Councillor is appointed, providing two-way communication between the organisations and presenting annually a report on the work of the body and its contribution to the District and the wider area. To develop and maintain a working knowledge of the authority's policies and practices in relation to that body and the community's needs and functions;
  4. To participate, as appointed, in the area and service based consultative processes with the community and other organizations;
  5. To represent the community to the authority and vice-versa through all appropriate means;
  6. To develop and maintain a working knowledge of the authority's services, management arrangements, powers/duties, and constraints and to develop good working relationships with relevant officers of the authority;
  7. To develop and maintain a working knowledge of the organisations, services, activities and other factors that impact upon the community's well being and identity;
  8. To contribute constructively to open government and democratic renewal through active encouragement to the community to participate generally in the government of the area; and
  9. To participate in the activities of any political group of which the Councillor is a member.
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