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Councillor terms and membership of outside bodies

What does a councillor do?

All councillors will:

  • collectively be the ultimate policy-makers and carry out a number of strategic and committee management functions;
  • represent their communities and bring their views into the Council’s decision-making process, i.e. become the advocate of and for their communities;
  • deal with individual casework and act as an advocate for constituents in resolving particular concerns or grievances;
  • balance different interests identified within the ward or electoral division and represent the ward or electoral division as a whole;
  • be involved in decision-making;
  • be available to present the Council on other bodies;
  • maintain the highest standards of conduct and ethics; and 
  • not bring the Council into disrepute.

How long is a term of office for a councillor?

Regular elections of councillors are held every four years with the terms of office starting on the fourth day after being elected and normally finish on the fourth day after the date of the next regular election. 

Councillor code of conduct

In accordance with section 27(2) of the Localism Act 2011 the Council has adopted a revised Code of Conduct for members, which took effect on 1 July 2012. The Code of Conduct will apply to all elected members of the Council and co-opted members of Council committees. Other non-voting members of Council committees and bodies, and non-elected representatives of the Council on other organisations will also be expected to observe the Code of Conduct. See the Code of Conduct 

Membership of outside bodies

See a list of councillor membership on outside bodies.