Local Councillors

Local Councillors

Three councillors represent each of the 26 wards in the city and usually are elected for a four-year term.

Councillors participate in the work of the council in a variety of ways to help residents with problems involving the work of the council. 

The overriding duty of councillors is to the whole community but they have a special duty to the residents of their wards.

Councillors must agree to follow a code of conduct to ensure high standards in the way they undertake their duties.  A copy of the code of conduct can be found in the Newcastle Charter.

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Cabinet Portfolios

Cabinet members are elected representatives given specific responsibilities for the work of the council.

They provide overall direction and set the policy framework for services to work within. They are ultimately responsible for the decisions the council makes.

Cabinet members have delegated powers to make specific decisions, which speeds up decision-making.

For information about our who our Cabinet are and what they do see:

Political composition

The current political makeup of the council is:

Political partyMaleFemaleTotal
Liberal Democrats17623
Newcastle Independents123
Green Party2 2
Conservatives1 1


Councillors are paid a basic allowance, which is £9,660 for 2024/25, and some have responsibility allowances for different roles that they take on. 

Declaration of Interests and Register of Gifts and Hospitality

All councillors are required by law to complete a declaration of interests form to register their financial and other interests that could potentially conflict with their role as local councillor. 

They are also required to declare any interests at the start of any council meeting where the interest conflicts with some or all the business to be discussed at that meeting. 

They may not take part in the discussion of or vote on those items in which they have a prejudicial interest. 

All councillors are also required to declare any gifts or hospitality.

Need more information?

If you require any further information on Councillors and decision making contact:
Service Manager, Democratic Services
Linda Scott
Telephone: 0191 211 5159
Email: linda.scott@newcastle.gov.uk

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