Duties of Councillors

Duties for all Councillors

The separation of executive and scrutiny roles with less formal Committee work should free up more time for all Councillors to concentrate on more detailed policy development, locally and strategically, and be involved with local issues.

Councillors as Members of full Council are the ultimate decision-makers and all Councillors will carry out a number of strategic and corporate management functions.

  • Appoint the Executive Board.
  • Make appointments to Committees and outside bodies (excluding those delegated to the Executive Board for determination).
  • Determine the remit and terms of reference of Committees.
  • Adopt the Standing Orders for the Council
  • Make arrangements for the appointment of the Head of the Paid Service and consider matters relating to any misconduct.
  • Approve the Council Tax rate.
  • Elect the Mayor.
  • Appoint the Leader of the Council
  • Determine the policy framework for the Council by approving the major strategic plans listed below:
  • Corporate Strategy Statement.
  • Community Plan (requirement under Best Value).
  • Wrexham Performance Plan (requirement under Best Value).
  • Unitary Development Plan.
  • Housing Strategic and Operational Plan
  • Children's Services Plan
  • Social Care Plan (new requirement - wef 1/9/99)
  • Economic Development Strategy
  • Integrated Transport Strategy

Note - this list will be continually monitored to reflect changing circumstances, government requirements and the needs of the Council.

Additionally, all members will:

  • Represent their community and bring its views into the Council's decision making process, i.e. become the "champion" of their community.
  • Deal with individual casework and act as an advocate for constituents in resolving particular concerns or grievances.
  • Balance different, often conflicting, interests identified within the ward and represent the ward as a whole.
  • Sit as members of Standing Committees.
  • Be available for nomination as the Council's representative on appropriate other bodies and develop specialisms associated with those bodies.

Further Duties of SPD Committee Members

  • Review policy and develop proposals for consideration by the Executive Board.
  • Review service delivery.
  • Consider budget proposals from the Executive Board.
  • Monitor and scrutinise the performance of the Executive Board and its decisions.
  • Appoint the Scrutiny Panels and any adhoc task and finish working groups, determine and co-ordinate their work programmes.
  • Advise the Executive and make proposals for amendments to budgets based on findings of service reviews.
  • Make recommendations to the Executive Board concerning those matters upon which they have been consulted.

Further Duties of Executive Board Members.

  • Draw up the Corporate Strategy Statement, and, in due course the Community plan, setting out the Council's strategic objectives and corporate policy priorities for recommendation to Council.
  • Draw up the strategic plans required for Council approval.
  • Review, develop and establish policy not reserved to the Council.
  • Agree the provision of resources to meet the Council's corporate objectives and allocate those resources within Council policy between services and priorities.
  • Agree capital and revenue budgets and deal with any proposal for virement not delegated to an officer.
  • Recommended to the Council on key outside bodies. (The majority of outside representation will be undertaken by non-executive Members, or officers, as appropriate).
  • Agree the Best Value review programme.
  • Foster and maintain positive relations with partner organisations.

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