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Councils are not just service providers – they also play a regulatory role in issues such as planning, licensing, trading standards and environmental health. This involves councillors in quasi-legal roles on special committees appointed directly by the council. These regulatory committees operate within a specific set of legislation and guidance, and councillors can only make decisions that are in accordance with such guidance. Training will be given to all councillors appointed to such committees.
Many councillors choose to stand for election on a party platform while others stand as independent candidates, without party affiliation. If you choose to stand for a political party you will have additional duties in: