New Councillors' introduction to the Council
A Councillor's introduction to:
- The Council - how we work
- The Council working in partnership
- Life as a County Councillor - What to expect over the next few weeks
- Roles and responsibilities of Councillors and the support we provide to you in this role
- Councillor Remuneration
The Council has 73 councillors representing 73 electoral divisions across the county.
We are a major employer in Powys, with approx. 5800 staff. The revenue budget for 2019-20 is £255,186,179 and the capital budget is £102m. Details of the Council's account are available here.
In April 2018, the Cabinet agreed its long-term aspirations for Powys - better known as Vision 2025: Our Corporate Improvement Plan [CIP]. This ambitious plan, set out 40 outcomes that we want to improve, to help make a real difference for Powys residents, communities and businesses.
To help us achieve our Vision, we made a commitment to focus our efforts on four well-being objectives:
- We will develop a vibrant economy
- We will lead the way in providing effective, integrated health and care in a rural environment
- We will strengthen learning and skills
We will support our residents and communities
In October 2019 the Council agreed the Vision 2025 CIP update and Annual Performance Report 2019. This sets out Powys County Council's performance during 2018-19 against delivering the well-being objectives published in Vision 2025.
The Council - how we work
The Council operates a political structure known as the Leader/Cabinet Executive. Details of the Portfolio Holders who form the Cabinet are available in Portfolio Holder details.
Council has established a number of Committees. The document - Council, the Cabinet and Committees - provides a brief guide to the structure of the Council and its respective Committees and their roles.
The Council's Constitution sets out how the Council operates.
The Council's Management structure provides details of the Executive Management Team and Senior Leadership Team. These are the senior staff who advise the council. They are responsible for the day to day management of the council. The Council delegates some decision making powers to Officers to make sure that they are able to manage their part of the organisation effectively. The powers delegated to Officers by the Council, Cabinet and Committees are set out in the constitution.
The Council working in partnership
We are committed to working in partnership to deliver effective, improved services across the county. The Council works in partnership with a range of organisations, including other local authorities, health service, police, voluntary organisations and businesses. Details of the work with such organisations can be found here.
Life as a County Councillor - What to expect over the next few weeks
To support you during the first few weeks as a Councillor the above document provides you with the following information:
- Member Development Induction Programme
- Council diary
- What happens if the public ask me to sort out a problem for them or if they have a complaint?
Roles and responsibilities of Councillors and the support we provide to you in this role
As a councillor you will need to ensure that you are aware of your responsibilities and adhere to rules and regulations relating to these. You are accountable to the electorate of your ward [even those that did not vote for you], your political group [if applicable] and to the Full Council.
The document - As a Councillor - your responsibilities - explains what your roles and responsibilities are.
A range of support is available to councillors. The Members' support agreement explains this support and provides officer contact details.
Council has also agreed the following guidance to support you in your role:
- Personal Safety Guidance for Members
- Framework for Member Mentoring
- Social Media Guide for Members
- Members' Annual Reports guidance
The Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 established the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales (IRPW). The IRPW produces a report each year which sets out the payments that councillors are entitled to receive.
The Scheme of Remuneration is available on the Council website, together with details of members allowances and expenses - Members allowances and expenses
The Local Government Pension Scheme is available to all councillors under the age of 75. You will need to decide if you wish to join the pension scheme, or not.