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New Role of the Councillor

This workshop targeted at new councillors will focus on the ‘New Role of the Councillor’. The programme will look at how the council works the councillor’s role and the emerging future issues and priorities that will impact on the role of the councillor e.g. Localism Act 2011, Big Society and ensuring value for money outcomes. This workshop will be bespoke to reflect your council and the key issues within the local community.

By the end of the workshop, Councillors will be able to:

  • have a clearer understanding of how the council works including political management arrangements, managing meetings and the councillor-officer relationship
  • understand the councillors role in respect of representing the ward, community leadership and engagement, decision- making and policy and strategy
  • identify the relationship between the Council and the party group structure
  • see the potential of overview and scrutiny to exert influence
  • understand the implications of the Localism agenda on the role of the councillor.


Mark Palmer, Development Director, SEE

About us

SEE is a Regional Employers' Organisation. We offer advice to local authorities across the south east, in addition to a range of training, development and consultancy opportunities tailored to your needs.


Content will include:

  • How the council works, structures, political management arrangements
  • The importance of the councillor-officer relationship
  • Representing the ward; and undertaking effective community leadership and engagement
  • The role of overview and scrutiny ‘how to exert influence’ internally and externally
  • The Localism Act 2011 and the impact on the role of the councillor
  • The party group structure and its relationship to the council
  • Key skills required to be an effective councillor.

For further information regarding the New Role of the Councillor, please email or call 01962 840664.

View other Councillors and Governance services offered by SEE.