Councillors are elected by local people to serve as their area representative on a local authority. Most Councillors stand for election as a political party candidate. In Bath and North East Somerset there are 59 Councillors - 36 Liberal Democrats, 10 Conservatives, 6 Independents, 5 Labour, 1 Green Party, 1 No Party.
Some represent urban areas and others represent rural areas. The areas they represent are known as Wards.
The main roles of a Councillor are:-
- To represent the interests of the whole community that elected him/her.
- As a Member of the Council to participate in making the main decisions about the level of local government services provided throughout the Council area and how they are to be provided.
- To pursue political desires, e.g. for social change.
- To represent the interests of the Council and its area.
Councillors are paid out-of-pocket expenses and a Basic Allowance to acknowledge their financial and time commitment in performing all of the roles expected of them. Those with specific roles also receive Special Responsibility Allowances.
The Leaders / Spokesperson of each Group :-
- Councillor Kevin Guy - Liberal Democrat Group Leader
- Councillor Vic Pritchard - Conservative Group Leader
- Councillor Karen Walker - Independents Group Spokesperson
- Councillor Robin Moss - Labour Group Leader
- Leader of Council - Councillor Kevin Guy
- Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Resources - Councillor Richard Samuel
- Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Climate and Sustainable Travel - Councillor Sarah Warren
- Cabinet Members for Adults and Council House Building - Councillor Alison Born and Councillor Tom Davies (Job Share)
- Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Communities and Culture - Councillor Dine Romero
- Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services - Councillor Dave Wood
- Cabinet Member for Transport - Councillor Manda Rigby
- Cabinet Member for Planning - Councillor Tim Ball
Political Group Research Assistants:-
This Council has taken advantage of a legal power to introduce a scheme whereby the two largest Groups of Councillors on the Council are entitled to appoint Political Research Assistants. Unlike other officers, who have to be totally impartial in their dealings with Political Groups, Political Assistants are expected to work exclusively in support of one Political Group only. These officers provide administrative support to Political Group meetings as well as undertaking detailed research on behalf of Group Members. They also offer advice about achieving the Group’s aims within the Council.
Political Assistants are part of the Council and Member Services Team of officers but who have a direct working relationship with the Political Group Leader and Group Members. They are:-
- Liberal Democrat Political Research Assistant - Jennifer Pack - Telephone (01225) 477419 - Jennifer_Pack@BATHNES.GOV.UK
- Conservative Political Research Assistant - Thomas Haworth - Telephone (01225) 477128 - Thomas_haworth@BATHNES.GOV.UK
Group Support Officers:-
Members of the three smallest Groups have available to them the services of part-time Group Support Officers who are part of the Council and Member Services Team of officers but who have a direct working relationship with the Group Leader / Spokesperson and Group Members. They are:-