Your Local Councillors
Councillors are the local representatives of the Parish and Parish Councils have been called "the grass roots of Government". In a small Parish like Charley, Councillors will know many of their constituents but will speak and act objectively and impartially to all when dealing with issues relating to the Parish Council.
Charley Parish Council has five Councillors all of whom have been co-opted. When several candidates make application to fill a vacancy on the Council, an election is called.
Councillors meet at the bi-monthly meeting to discuss and make decisions about proposals for Council activities, the finances of the Parish and to implement local and national policies. These decisions will be monitored, re-visited and evaluated at subsequent meetings. Councillors will also attend regular training sessions to ensure that their knowledge is up to date and conforms to the law.
Why become a Councillor?
Being a Parish Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community, and helping to make it a better place to live and work.
Will I get paid for being a Councillor?
Councillors do not receive a salary. An annual allowance is paid to the Chairman.
Am I qualified?
Yes – most people are. However there are a few rules:
You have to be: •A British subject, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union and be 18 years of age or over •A local government elector for the council area for which you want to stand; or •Have during the whole of the 12 months preceding that day occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the council area; or •Have during that same period had your principal or only place of work in the council area; or •During that 12 month period resided in the council area
You cannot become a Parish Councillor if you: •Are subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order •Have, within five years, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine •You work for the council you want to become a councillor for (but you can work for other local authorities, including the principal authorities that represent the same area).
Councillors' Code of Conduct
Charley Parish Council, as a public authority, believes in promoting the highest standards in public life and therefore has adopted the 'Nolan principles', which are the basis of the ethical standards expected of public office holders:
1. Selflessness. Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
2. Integrity. Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
3. Objectivity. Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
4. Accountability. Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
5. Openness. Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
6. Honesty. Holders of public office should be truthful.
7. Leadership. Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.
The Members' Code of Conduct
In order to underpin these ethical standards and in accordance with the Localism Act 2011, the Council has adopted a Code of Conduct for Parish Councillors (whether elected or co-opted), who required to abide by the code:
Your other Local Elected Representatives
North West Leicestershire District Council
Councillor Michael Wyatt
Leicestershire County Council
Councillor Tony Gillard
Member of Parliament
Andrew Bridgen MP
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