To provide an overview of the legal and governance framework which underpins the role of a councillor in local government.

  • Newly elected councillors (ideal as part of an induction programme)
  • Refresher know-how for returning councillors
  • Councillors with a particular leadership role in the council
  • The basics of how a local authority operates
  • Local authority functions and powers
  • The role of an elected councillor – decision making, scrutiny, ward representation, quasi-judicial roles
  • Councillor decision making – collective and individual
  • Key legal areas including freedom of information and data
  • The risks and liabilities of being a councillor – danger areas to be aware of
  • Modern challenges and opportunities including social media
  • Top tips for effective operation as a councillor.

Very useful overview and would be good for new appointees

Head of Legal Services, Deputy Monitoring Officer, City Council

Addresses all the skills but particularly

  • Local leadership
  • Political understanding
  • Scrutiny and challenge
  • Regulating and monitoring

That councillors have a strong understanding of the legal and governance framework surrounding the role of an elected councillor and confidence in their remit and powers.

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