The role of councillors
Local councillors are elected by the community to decide how the Council should carry out its various activities. They represent public interest as well as individuals living within the ward in which he or she has been elected to serve a term of office.
They have regular contact with the general public through council meetings, telephone calls or surgeries. Surgeries provide an opportunity for any ward resident to go and talk their councillor face to face and these take place on a regular basis.
Councillors are not paid a salary for their work, but they do receive allowances. By law, all members of the Council are required to complete a declaration of interest form, the details of which are published annually.
Each councillor represents an area called a ward, serving for four years. We currently have a directly elected Labour Mayor and 53 Labour councillors and one independent councillor.
We developed a detailed set of member role profiles as part of our Local Democracy Review. These profiles provide more information about the responsibilities of the directly elected Mayor and local councillors, including all the different roles that councillors can be appointed to and what is expected of each role.