On Thursday 5 September, the House of Commons debated the Committee’s report, recommendations and subsequent Government response on the role of councillors in their communities.
The Communities and Local Government Committee secured the debate in the Commons' second chamber, Westminster Hall.
The Committee's report focused on:
- the role of councillors as leaders of communities and neighbourhoods
- recruitment and diversity of councillors – and the implications for representation and local democracy
- skills, training and support for councillors
- the practicalities of being a councillor – including time commitment, time off work, casework and remuneration
- localising decision making to divisions, wards and neighbourhoods;
- oversight, facilitation and accountability
- strategic leadership, governance and responsibilities.