Role of a councillor
The role of a councillor is to:
- effectively represent the interests of their constituents and ward, taking into consideration the needs and wellbeing of all residents;
- provide community leadership.
Key duties and responsibilities
The key duties and responsibilities of a councillor are to:
- communicate with and represent constituents and local organisations in a fair and impartial way and undertake inquiries on their behalf. This includes prioritising people with greatest need and those who may be vulnerable.
- provide a link between the council and community by engaging and liaising with key stake holders including residents , local businesses, town and parish councils, community organisations, police and health authorities, to bring their views into the council’s decision-making process.
- represent the council (subject to appointment) on other bodies.
- contribute actively to the scrutiny of the council’s policies, strategies, budget, and service delivery and to ensure that principles of equality, fairness and value for money are integral to all actions and policies of the council.
- develop and maintain a working knowledge of the council’s services, management arrangements, powers, duties and constraints.
- develop and maintain a working knowledge of other organisations and services which impact upon the East Riding.
- develop good working relationships with council officers.
- participate actively and effectively as a Member of any Committee, panel or group to which the Councillor is appointed.
- adhere to the highest standard of conduct and ethics, in keeping with the best interests of the council at all times.
- participate in opportunities for training and development provided for Councillors by the council.
What is a ward?
A ward is part of the overall area governed by the council. Wards are usually named after neighbourhoods, parishes, landmarks, geographical features, and in some cases historical figures connected to an area.