Rules for Local Councillors

These rules are taken from “the Good Councillor’s guide” a training document for Parish Councillors which can be viewed here Good Councillors guide

The rules governing Local Councillors are relatively few and much the same as for the city Councillors:

As a Councillor you have a responsibility to:

  • attend meetings when summoned to do so; the notice to attend a council meeting is, in law, a summons, because you have a duty to attend
  • consider, in advance of the meeting, the agenda and any related documents which were sent to you with the summons
  • take part in meetings and consider all the relevant facts and issues on matters which require a decision including the views of others expressed at the meeting
  • take part in voting and respect decisions made by the majority of those present and voting 
  • ensure, with other Councillors, that the council is properly managed
  • represent the whole electorate, and not just those who voted for you

As a Councillor you should act in the public interest

Integrity: you should not put yourself under any obligations to others, allow them improperly to influence you or seek benefit for yourself, family, friends or close associates

Objectivity: you should act impartially, fairly and on merit

Accountability: you should be prepared to submit to public scrutiny necessary to ensure accountability

Openness: you should be open and transparent in your actions and decisions unless there are clear and lawful reasons for non-disclosure

Honesty: you should always be truthful

Leadership: as a Councillor, you should promote, support and exhibit high standards of conduct and be willing to challenge poor behaviour