How the council works

What do councillors do?

Hambleton is split into wards with each councillor elected to represent one of them. Roles can be very varied and to a great degree depend on the amount of time individuals give to them. You can see ward councillor details here:

A good deal of time will be taken up dealing with local people - this could be enquiries about council work. Councillors represent their constituents views on issues associated with the council. Every councillor is a member of full Council and will also sit on some of the committees and working parties to debate and approve council business. Most meetings are open to the press and public but all are governed by written ‘procedure’ rules.

Councillors have responsibilities to their wards, the council and the community. You can find your Councillors here:

To the council

  • Help form policy
  • Help develop the budget and set Council Tax levels
  • Make and scrutinise decisions

To the ward

  • represent the views of the community
  • ensure services are provided in the ward
  • try to secure resources for their patch
  • help out individual residents on specific issues

To the community

Councillors are local leaders able to listen to their communities and bring partners together to implement a shared vision of how they can improve their areas. Councillors have a key role to play in leading communities and working to resolve local issues.

The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) suggests there are two key elements to the role - leaders and advocates:

As leaders:

  • stimulating local organisations and individuals to take up opportunities to express views
  • representing local concerns
  • maintaining a link between the users and providers of services
  • encouraging the community to organise services for themselves
  • working with other community leaders in the voluntary, community and business sectors
  • offering vision and direction to local groups and building support for that vision
  • brokering agreements between different interests and partners

As advocates:

  • speaking up for and on behalf of residents and groups
  • encouraging residents to engage and participate
  • taking part in plan making and planning decisions
  • communicating residents concerns to the council and other providers

Further information

You can find out more about Councillors, including expenses, allowances, decisions and a calendar of meeting here:

Become a councillor

If you're interested in standing for election as a parish or district councillor, you'll find the information you need here:

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