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…

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…

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…

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 – 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 – Standards

The 2000 Local Government Act introduced a structure for Councillors’ ethics. Read and sign your council’s Code of Conduct – breaches of the code can…

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…

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,…

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…

Casework

Casework is local issues or problems, affecting a community, street, or individual, that we attempt to do something about in our role as a Lib…