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Councillors are elected so they can represent the estimated 97,183 eligible voters in the Borough. It is part of their responsibilities to make sure the electorate’s views and wishes are heard. A total of 60 councillors are elected to represent the 24 different wards within the Borough. The local authority is made up of 34 Labour; 15 Conservatives, 10 Liberal Democrats and 1 Independent councillor.
Councillors are paid a basic allowance but may be entitled to additional allowances and expenses for attending meetings or taking on special responsibilities such as holding a Cabinet portfolio or chairing a committee. Many councillors have full-time jobs and service to the community takes up a lot of their free time.
The Borough is divided into 24 different wards. Depending on the size of the ward, two or three councillors are elected to represent everyone living in each ward and they hold office for a period of four years.
Some councillors hold regular surgeries in their wards where residents can discuss local problems. Details of the surgeries are published in the Reporter, the Council’s newspaper, which is published ten times a year and is delivered to every household in the Borough as well as thousands of businesses.
All councillors can also be contacted by e-mail using the following format – first.second firstname.lastname@example.org – all in lower case. If you experience any problems then get in touch with email@example.com
Each year members elect a Councillor to serve as the Borough’s Mayor. The Mayor represents the Borough at a wide variety of official functions and also carries out many civic duties.
The borough council has been presented with the West Midlands Member Development Charter Primary Award at a ceremony in November. The award recognises the high standard of the council’s elected members’ development programme. The Development Charter sets out a standard to ensure a comprehensive approach to elected member development, which directly contributes and impacts on the performance improvement of a local authority. The Charter ensures that council’s give training to councillors to increase their understanding of how local government and the democratic process works. It is designed to help deliver quality leadership and raise the level of service given to local people and its main objectives are: