How to be a community councillor

By John Tizard | 18 December 2014

Greater devolution and decentralisation to local government will require strong, effective, responsive listening and above all, accountable community councillors who are trusted by their electors, writes John Tizard.

Nearly 15 years after the Labour Government introduced the cabinet system to local government, I find councils and councillors across the country still struggling to understand the role and contribution of the so-called ‘backbench’ councillor.

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