|STAY AWAY FOR 69% OF MEETINGS!|
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Elected Peterborough City Councillors are currently 'paid' or given expenses of c £9,000 which with extra 'responsibilities' can rise to c£33,000 to the council leader, recent figures are not available, however my figures are based on PCC information 2009/2010. The package also includes a computer, printer and iphone.
All of this is awarded for one reason – THEY WORK FOR YOU. It is that simple.
Your councillor is elected to serve you, however some of those listed may have gone 'off message', but its always worth remembering a councillor is a Public Servant, elected by you, to work for you.
They do this in a number of ways, by representing you at council meetings; which are open to the public. Councillors work in your area, and provide a 'gateway' to other services, in theory of course.
This is what government says the role of a councillor is:-
What is expected of a councillor?
The councillor’s role and responsibilities include:
• representing the ward for which they are elected
• developing and reviewing council policy
• scrutinising decisions taken by the councillors
on the executive or cabinet
• regulatory, quasi-judicial and statutory duties
• community leadership and engagement.
Most councillors hold regular drop-in surgeries
each month. Surgeries are a chance for residents
to meet you and discuss their problems or
You may also need to spend time
visiting constituents in their homes. On top of
this you will be dealing with letters, emails and
phone calls from constituents. When dealing with
casework or council business you may need to
meet with council staff. These meetings, and any
visits to council offices, may need to take place
during the working day.
Then there are council and scrutiny meetings.
Scrutiny is the crucial process of looking at the
work and decisions of the executive. As well as
the close examination of councillors, it can also
involve the community and interested parties.
Handled well, scrutiny procedures can stimulate
real local involvement in how the council manages
and delivers its business.
Councillors may also sit on quasi-judicial
committees, for example the planning committee,
which takes non-political decisions on planning
The number and length of these
meetings varies from council to council. If you
are a member of a political party you will also
be expected to attend political group meetings,
party training and other events.
The Peterborough Tribune Naughty Step Awards has been running for a number of years now. I take no pleasure in presenting a list of those who fail to turn up at core meetings, which of course means you are not represented at those meetings.
Interestingly the same names come up year after year. The figures are all publicly available and are extracted from Peterborough City Councils public website:-
A brief explanation of the figures, explanation of the statistics and counts
Total expected attendances
The number of meetings that the councillor was expected to attend in their capacity as member of that committee. This only includes meetings for which the councillor's actual attendance status is known.
Present as expected
The number of meetings that the councillor attended in their capacity as member of that committee.
Absent (incl. apologies)
Meetings not attended, where the councillor is a member of the committee, including apologies submitted.
This information is not included in the summary statistics above.
The figures are based on attendance from 22/5/14 onwards.
The 'winners' this year all come from the same party; the Conservatives. Why this should be I don't know, perhaps complacency has set in, or some are 'coasting' knowing they are not standing for election next year? Our councillors answer to their party leader, and of course to you the electorate.
Winner of the Peterborough Tribune Naughty Step Awards 2014
A repeat figure on the PBROTRIB Naughty Step Awards, and well known to regular readers.
Cllr. Azher Iqbal - Conservative – Absent for 62%
Cllr. Yasmeen Magbool – Conservative – Absent for 54%
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