A Councillor is elected, or in the event of no election being held nominated for election, by electors in a ward within the parish of Alcester. There are three wards in the parish and the prime duty is to represent and engage with the electors of their respective ward so that their views are voiced both with the council and through the council with their partners Stratford on Avon District Council, Warwickshire County Council and other organisations such as the emergency services.
A councillor must attend every full council meeting or send an apology with reasons for absence to be approved by the council. Failure to attend for six consecutive meetings without approved apologies would mean the automatic removal from office.
A councillor must use their own discretion and knowledge when called on to vote on resolutions and motions during council meetings and committee meetings. This is particularly necessary when voting on money issues, both for setting the precept and spending the public money they are in control of.
An Alcester Town Councillor can also be a member of one of the five Committees as well as champion issues on behalf of the committee and council.
“As the income received by MP’s, continue to be a the subject for newspaper and public concern it might be worth considering the allowances paid to Councillors representing the local community in Alcester.
- An Alcester Town Councillor receive no allowance or compensatory payment of any kind.
- A Stratford District Councillor receives £375 per calendar month. or £70 per week after basic deductions.
- A Warwickshire County Councillor receives £748 per calendar month, or £140 per week after basic deductions.
There have been no increases in any Councillor Allowances for five years, there have been reductions.
All councillors have to make there own arrangements for postage, broadband, clothing and the day to day costs of representing their electorate at all public and charitable events as well as associated expenses relating to committee and panel memberships.
Councillors are required to represent the community and provide the day-to-day solutions demanded of them by residents and to take an active role in the corporate matters of their Authority.
Councillors Allowances are not living wages despite the seven day a week commitment, and all Councillors have to have an alternative income to enable them to survive and serve their community.”
Kind Regards, Councillor Mike Gittus
(Councillor for Alcester Town Council, Stratford District Council and Warwickshire County Council)