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Your Councillors & Executive

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Your Councillors & Executive

 

Your elected Councillors decide which policies the Council should pursue, ensure that they are carried out and monitor services to ensure that they are delivered in the most efficient and effective way. CLICK HERE to see details of all Burnley Councillors.

Local Councillors represent the public interest as well as the individuals living within the ward in which he or she has been elected to serve a term of office.

To do this they have regular contact with the general public through either Council meetings, telephone calls or surgeries. Surgeries provide an opportunity for any ward resident to go and talk to their councillor face to face and these take place on a regular basis.

Your Councillor will discuss any concerns or problems relating to Council services and listen to your views on issues that you feel are important.

Councillors are not paid a salary for their work, but they do receive allowances. By law, all members of the Council are required to complete a Declaration of Interest form, the details of which are published annually. Click here to see these.

Click here to view the Council's Constitution, which sets out the detailed arrangements for how the Council operates .

All members of the Council play an important role. They take up places on the Council’s committees Scrutiny and regulatory committees. And all members have an equal vote at the Full Council, where the most important decisions of the Council are taken, such as the shape of the annual budget.

The Executive

The Executive is a Committee which makes most of the Council’s decisions, most of which are then implemented directly.

In some cases, the Executive is limited to making recommendations to the Full Council – these include setting the budget and level of Council Tax, and other significant policy decisions.

The Executive is appointed by the Leader of the Council – a position decided on by a vote of the Full Council. Which Councillor is in this role will reflect the balance of control between political groups.

Individual Executive Members are responsible for making some decisions on an individual basis, within their area of responsibility, or ‘portfolio’. Current portfolios are

 

  • Council Leader – Councillor Mark Townsend
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  • Deputy Leader and Housing and Environment – Councillor John Harbour
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  • Leisure and Culture - Councillor Bea Foster
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  • Regeneration and Economic Development - Councillor Sue Graham
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  • Resources and Performance Management – Councillor Wajid Khan
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  • Community Services – Councillor Lian Pate

At most Full Council meetings, Executive members give a report on their areas of work, and they are open to question. Lively debates and discussion often follow on from these reports!

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