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Role of the Councillor

South Bucks District Council currently has 28 District Councillors each of whom represents a particular ward in the District.

Councillors come from all walks of life. This is very important as it means that a diverse range of local people reflecting different points of view are helping to shape and develop the quality and effectiveness of services which the Council provides for the benefit of all residents.

If you are elected as a councillor, you will have a number of challenging roles, which could include:

  • representing the ward
  • decision-making
  • policy and strategy review and development
  • overview and scrutiny
  • regulatory details
  • community leadership and engagement
     

The primary role of a councillor is to represent their ward and the people who live in it. Members of political parties may find that their party offers advice and guidance on doing this. How the other parts of your role develop will be influenced by what committees or groups you may be appointed to. Approving the major policy framework, the annual budget and setting the Council Tax are important decisions taken by the full Council at which all councillors are involved. Contributing to policy and strategy development may be achieved by membership of one of the Council's Policy Advisory Groups, which exist to assist and advise each Cabinet Member to decide or make recommendations within their area of responsibility. Regulatory duties could involve sitting on the Planning Committee or the Licensing Committee to consider and determine applications that are made.  If you sit on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, you would play a part in reviewing decisions made by and the performance of the Cabinet and Council.

The conduct of councillors is governed by the Code of Conduct which has been adopted by the Council. The Code of Conduct sets out the rules that Members must work to. The Seven Principles of Public Life which Councillors must follow are Selflessness, Integrity, Honesty, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness and Leadership.

For more information on the role of the councillor, please download the Local Government Association's Guide to Becoming a Councillor and pdf icon Councillors Guide 2015/16 [1Mb].