Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy The role of a Councillor

We are a democratic organisation. We have 96 elected Councillors who are responsible for agreeing the policies behind our services and how Council money is spent.

Councillors decide which policies we should pursue, ensure that they are carried out, and monitor services we provide to make sure they are delivered in the most efficient and effective way.

Your local Councillor is there to represent your views and opinions. It's their responsibility to help those with difficulties which the Council could help solve. Our Councillors decide how the Council should carry out its many important functions.

Local Councillors are elected by the community to decide how the Council should carry out its various activities. They represent public interest as well as individuals living within the ward in which he or she has been elected to serve a term of office.

To do this they have regular contact with the general public through either Council meetings, telephone calls or surgeries. Surgeries provide an opportunity for you to go and talk your councillor face-to-face and these take place on a regular basis.

Your Councillor will discuss any concerns or problems relating to our services and listen to your views on issues that you feel are important.

Councillors are not paid a salary for their work, but they do receive allowances. By law, all members of the Council are required to complete a Declaration of Interest form, the details of which are published annually.

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