Councillor Commission

‘The Local Governance Research Unit, based at Leicester Business School, has launched a Councillor Commission to independently review the role and work of the councillor.

The Commission is chaired by Colin Copus, (Professor of Local Politics, De Montfort University) with the following terms of reference:

“To explore and consider the roles, functions, tasks, responsibilities and powers of the councillor so as to assess their relevance and effectiveness in enabling councillors to sustain a viable system of local democracy, local leadership and local government.

It will examine the daily experiences of the councillor in their office as a politician and representative, to understand how far and to what effect councillors can shape their communities and the actions, activities and polices of private and public organisations operating within and beyond the boundaries of the council.

The commission will examine the quality of support councillors receive from their councils in conducting their activities and examine ways of strengthening and enhancing the role and status of the office of councillor.’

ADSO as a key organisation will support and contribute to the Commission’s work but Colin is also very keen to hear your individual views. You are the people who work with councillors on a daily basis and your experiences and comments will be very relevant and helpful. So please get involved and send your views to the commission by using the email address:


The commission will be taking evidence until the 31st June

More information about the Commission can be found at the following link

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