Does the Role of Ward Councillors need reviewing

I note that the role of Community Councils receives many comments but scarely any one has commented on the role of Ward Councillors.  I believe this is a serious omission. I have read a report on the Role of Ward Councillors and although this referrs to England and is 10 years old, the concerns raised there correspond to the concerns we  have as Community Councillors to get Council Officers to take note or worse still even acknowledge that Community Councils exist.

You may read it at

https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/ward-councillors-and-community-leadership-future-perspective

The Community Empowerment Bill is targetted at bringing the community into the Local Authority's decision making but so far Community Planning Partners meetings are restricted to Council Officers and other paid executives such as the Police.  Even here Ward Councillors are few and far between; and in West Lothian permission is given to only the Chair of the Community Council Forum to speak on behalf of our 42 Community CouncilsTh

Why the contribution is important

Ward Councillors as Community Councillors are tasked with

In addition to any other purpose which a community council may pursue, the general purpose of a community council shall be to ascertain, co-ordinate and express to the local authorities for its area, and to public authorities, the views of the community which it represents, in relation to matters for which those authorities are responsible, and to take such action in the interests of that community as appears to it to be expedient and practicable.

This corresponds to the role of War Councillors as set out in

https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/ward-councillors-and-community-leadership-future-perspective

This being so, it appears emiently sensible that Community Councillors work with their Ward Councillors to work together better than  Ward Councillors being just ex-offico members of the Community Council meetings and Community Councillors being able to take part in Local Area Committees as at present.  In this way we together will be a 'united' front with our Local authority and together get things moving for our local community.

 

by mikevickers on December 02, 2018 at 09:15PM

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