The elected councillors oversee the functions of the authority through their membership of various committees. Each committee has specific areas of responsibility. The full Council makes all policy and budgetary decisions.
Councillors receive allowances in respect of their duties, with the levels set by an independent panel. The Local Authorities (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003 require that payments made to councillors under the council's Scheme for Basic, Special Responsibility (S.R.) allowances and Travelling and Subsistence expenses is published.
The principal role of an elected councillor is:
- to represent the interests of all residents in their ward;
- to offer advice and assistance on council services;
- to decide council policy, monitor performance and scrutinise decisions made.
Councillors vote on matters relating to the whole of the borough as well as their own ward.