About Councillor Rose
- Ward Councillor
1. To lead and champion the interests of the local community and effectively represent the interests of the Ward and its constituents.
2. To meet and liaise regularly with local interested parties and involve and consult them on key Council decisions.
3. To support and promote citizenship locally and empower the community to participate in the governance of the area.
4. To undertake case work for constituents and act as an advocate in resolving concerns or grievances.
5. To communicate with local people and answer enquiries about decisions that affect them, about opportunities in the community, regarding the rights of constituents within and as to why decisions are taken.
6. To participate constructively in the good governance of the area.
7. To use influence as an Elected Representative to develop links between groups and communities in the Ward and local area.
8. To forge local partnerships to ensure resources are used to meet the needs of the area.
9. To inform the debate at full Council meetings and contribute to the effectiveness of the Council meeting as the focus of visible leadership.
10. To contribute to the formation and scrutiny of the Council’s policies, budget, strategies and service delivery.
11. To contribute to the scrutiny of decision making and review of the policies and services of the Council.
12. To represent the authority to the community and the community to the Council.
13. To develop and maintain a knowledge of the Council and develop working relationships with its officers.
14. To participate in the activities of any political group of which the Councillor is a member.
15. To represent the Council on outside bodies and to participate effectively in the appointed role and, where appropriate, to represent those bodies.
16. To act in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Councillors and with regard for any other local requirements placed on Councillors as contained within the Council’s Constitution.
Learning and Development
17. To be responsible for personal development and undergo appropriate development and continuous improvement for any role undertaken.
Skills and Knowledge
• Ability to lead and champion the interests of the local community.
• Ability to chair meetings and facilitate discussions.
• Manage casework (including the use of IT to support the process).
• Basic administration skills.
• Ability to use information technology to communicate through Council systems e.g. emails, accessing agenda, minutes, reports, intranet etc.
• Ability to interpret Council budgets and accounts.
• Community engagement skills.
• Influencing and persuading.
• Negotiation skills.
• Managing conflict and mediation skills.
Team Working & Relationship Building
• Ability to develop relationships with key Officers and partner agencies.
• Ability to build effective relationships with all sections of the community.
• Ability to deal with the media whilst being able to identify when additional support is required, to ensure the Council is positively represented.
• Ability to communicate with a range of audiences.
• Active listening and questioning skills.
• Presentation skills.
• Public speaking skills.
• Understanding of how the Council works.
• Knowledge of the Council structure, key contact Officers and service procedures and eligibility criteria.
• Knowledge of the political decision making structures.
• Understanding of the Code of Conduct for Councillors.
• Understanding of national policies and their impact on the Council.
• Knowledge of the strategic priorities and key policies of the Council.
• Understanding of legislation and Council policies to which Members must adhere (e.g.Smoking Policy, Freedom of Information, Data Protection).
• Basic understanding local government finances and audit processes.
• Knowledge of the Council’s complaints procedure.
• For Councillors who sit on quasi-judicial panels, knowledge of legislation and policy relating to planning, licensing, and appeals is required and an understanding of the principles and importance of making rational decisions.
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