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 behavior