The role of councillors

Councillors have many duties including:

To bring to the consideration of all matters affecting North Lanarkshire as a whole their knowledge, talents, skills and judgement and to participate in decision making with the aim of reaching decisions in the best interests of the whole of North Lanarkshire.

  • To represent, advise, counsel and give leadership to all constituents in the wards which they represent and to ensure that all corporate Council decisions are taken in light of local knowledge of the local circumstances of their wards and the particular needs and concerns of their constituents.

  • From these responsibilities flow the following aspects of the role of all members of North Lanarkshire Council.

  • Members participate in the decision making of North Lanarkshire Council affecting the whole of the area of North Lanarkshire and, in particular, in the formulation of the strategic vision for the future of North Lanarkshire and the development of Council policies which will lead to the attainment of that vision, as a Committee member and as a member of the full Council.

  • Members of North Lanarkshire Council, in participating in the decision making of the Council, ensure that all decisions taken are informed by their local knowledge of the needs and priorities of the constituents in the wards they represent.

  • As corporate members of North Lanarkshire, all councillors monitor the effectiveness and efficiency of the Council in the discharge of its functions to serve the needs of the people of North Lanarkshire. This is undertaken through Committee membership and local representation.

  • All members of North Lanarkshire Council contribute their talents, judgement, skills and ability to the working of the Council, whether through participation in the decision making process of the Council, inter-action with the officers of the Council or leading and participating in Council working groups and other discussion forums.

  • North Lanarkshire Council has devolved to a local area level responsibility for a certain range of Council decisions and all members of North Lanarkshire Council participate fully in such discussion and decision making.

  • As corporate members of North Lanarkshire Council, it is frequently the case that members of the Council require to participate in quasi judicial bodies. In doing so they require to bring to the decision making process their whole skills, judgement and abilities and determine matters with regard to Council policies and practices but, in each case, in light of the objective circumstances of the case.

  • All members of North Lanarkshire Council represent, both in Council decision making and in dialogue with officers of the Council, all of the constituents in the areas which they are elected to the Council to represent.

  • All members of North Lanarkshire Council make themselves available for contact by constituents in relation to Council services, by way of correspondence, phone and regular surgeries. Members represent the interests of such constituents to the Council as well as explaining to constituents Council policies, programmes and priorities.

  • All members of North Lanarkshire Council exercise leadership within the areas they are elected to represent and promote effective liaison between the Council and other agencies in the public, private and voluntary sector to contribute to the best interests of the people of that area and of North Lanarkshire.

  • All members of North Lanarkshire Council make known within their area the work of the Council and, in particular, in their work within the area they are elected to represent, the Council's corporate vision for the future of North Lanarkshire, the policies adopted by the Council to attain that vision, the consequences of those policies for individual service delivery and the opportunities and constraints influencing or underlying Council decisions.

  • As corporate members of North Lanarkshire Council members of the Council require to represent the Council and the area of North Lanarkshire on a range of outside bodies and at a number of events at a regional, national and international level. In doing so, all members of North Lanarkshire Council require to represent the Council and the area to the best of their abilities and act as effective ambassadors for the Council and the whole of North Lanarkshire.

  • It is a fundamental responsibility of all members of North Lanarkshire Council, both through their own conduct and through their work including inter-action with the people in the area they represent, the media and other agencies, to observe the highest standards of conduct and to uphold and enhance the role and reputation of the Council.

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