Role of a district councillor

As a Wycombe district councillor you'll represent everyone who lives in the area you are elected into (your "ward"). Your responsibilities as a councillor include:

  • To take part in the good governance of the district
  • To follow the Council's ethical and other codes of conduct at all times with honesty and integrity
  • To develop open government by encouraging active community and individual participation in the governance of the area
  • To represent ward interests
  • To represent constituents and help with their enquiries
  • To promote the interests of the community to improve and sustain the social, economic and environmental well-being of the district
  • To represent the Council or the ward on outside bodies
  • To undertake training and development to help you in your role of councillor

See the Constitution: codes of conduct for more information.

Key tasks

The key tasks of a district councillor include:

  • To carry out any legal or local requirements of a councillor
  • To follow and uphold all relevant national or local codes of conduct and protocols on behaviour
  • To learn about internal control and risk management in order to promote good corporate management
  • To take part in full Council decisions and activities (for example, setting budgets)
  • To take part as a member of any committee or other body to which you may be appointed
  • To represent the community to the Council and the Council to the community
  • If appointed to an outside body, to provide two-way communication between the organisation and the Council
  • To prepare an annual report on the work of any outside body to which you are appointed, in particular the use of funds contributed by the district and if continued membership of the organisation benefits the Council or the district as a whole
  • To develop and maintain a working knowledge of the Council's standing orders, terms of reference, policies and procedures
  • To take part in consultations with the public and local organisations
  • To play a full role in the work of any inter-council committees or bodies to which you may be appointed
  • To develop good working relationships with other councillors and relevant council officers
  • If a member of a political group to be aware that the party whip is not to be applied at meetings of an Improvement and Review Commission

Being a councillor can be demanding, particularly when combined with a job or family responsibilities. We therefore provide a range of support services to councillors to help make the job easier. Note: these services cannot be used for party-political purposes.

Support services for councillors

The following shows the range of services which are provided:

  • Secretarial support
  • Parking
  • Stationery for council business
  • Answerphone / fax
  • Dictation machines
  • Training
  • Contribution to the costs of providing a computer and broadband
  • Councillor allowances and expenses

There are two types of allowances for councillors

  • Basic allowance (paid to all councillors) currently £4,350 per year
  • Special responsibility allowance (paid to senior councillors such as the Chairman, Leader, cabinet members and committees chairman)

Each council decides how to pay these allowances, with advice from an independent external panel.

Councillors can also claim for travel and subsistence for approved meetings.

Contact information

  • Telephone: 01494 421 214