What information am I entitled to access?

Councillors are free to approach any Council Directorate/Department to provide them with such information, explanation and advice (about that Directorate’s/ Department’s functions) as they may…

Using Facebook

Facebook is a huge online resource that offers a great opportunity to connect with a wide number of people, many of whom are not contactable…

Understanding scrutiny

Scrutiny commissions are there to provide a balance to the Cabinet and Strong Leader models of governance in local authorities. They can be an effective…

Twitter

Twitter Twitter is a micro blogging site that allows you to share short messages (140 characters) or pictures with other users instantly. Twitter usage has…

Town and Parish Council Disputes

What does this cover? We get a fair number of queries from Liberal Democrats who serve as members of Parish or Town Councils regarding issues…

Standards

What does the law require councils to have in place to regulate standards? The Localism Act 2011 revoked on the 1st July 2012 the statutory…

Sharing MyCouncillor Stories

How do I share my MyCouncillor stories with others? Once you have added a story to your MyCllr site, the key to effective sharing is…

Proportionality

All principal councils are legally obliged to make sure that their committees and sub-committees reflect the political make-up of the council as a whole. Similar…

Outside Appointments

What is an outside appointment? An outside appointments is any appointment made by a council to an external body such as a housing association, charity…

New Councillor – the Lib Dem Group

The Liberal Democrat Group is the basic “building block” of how we work together on the Council. Regular well attended group meetings are essential. The…

New Councillor – Dealing with Casework

Dealing with Casework Casework is requests from local residents to solve an issue or problem. Quick Response Customer service studies always show that it is…

New councillor – Council Procedures

How Meetings Work Meetings are governed by Standing Orders and you need to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of what is contained in them.…

New Councillor – The Ward Role

Local Champion That means you! That’s what we say about our Councillors on FOCUS leaflets and it needs to be true. You’re the person that…

New Councillor – Practical Information

Allowances, Tax and Benefits Councillors in main authorities receive an allowance as remuneration of their time. These levels differ enormously in different authorities, and some…

Tips for a good Councillor

You are Not Super Human Be sensible about your time commitment as a Councillor. You are not a 24/7 emergency service. Make time for your…

New Councillor – Committees

Scrutiny All members of the Council who are not Executive Members, have an opportunity to take part in scrutiny. This works differently in different councils,…

Making the Most of Community Rights

The Localism Act and the Sustainable Communities Act give new powers to Councils and Local people. These new powers are additional tools in our arsenal…

Group Membership

Why not get a quote for your council group or local party? What do group members receive? ALL the individual member benefits – PLUS: 12%…

Getting Involved

How can I get more involved in ALDC? ALDC is a membership organisation, and we very much encourage members to get more involved in our…

Dealing with defections

What do I do if one of my councillors is going to defect away from us? Occasionally, for a whole host of reasons, people will…

Data Protection

What is the Data Protection Act? The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) is an important piece of legislation that ensures that any data that is…

Councillors and Money

How much do Councillors get paid? All principal authorities (i.e. higher than Town and Parish) have some sort of allowances scheme (a small number of…

Council group recognition

What is council group recognition for? Council group recognition is a process that was introduced by the English Liberal Democrats in 2011. It was brought…