Three councillors represent each of the 26 wards in the city and usually are elected for a 4-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 Newcastle Charter
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.
Cabinet Posts for 2021 -22 are as follows
Councillor Nick Forbes Leader of the council
Councillor Karen Kilgour Deputy Leader of the council
Councillor Ged Bell Cabinet member for Development, Neighbourhoods and Transport
Councillor Paula Holland Cabinet Member for Education and Skills
Councillor Joyce McCarty Cabinet member for Inclusive Economy
Councillor Stella Postlethwaite Cabinet member for Policy Co-ordination and Communications
Councillor Irim Ali Cabinet Member for Community Services and Public Engagement
Councillor Clare Penny-Evans Cabinet member for Climate Change and Public Safety
Councillor John-Paul Stephenson Cabinet member for Public Health and Culture
Councillor Linda Hobson Cabinet member for Housing and Regulatory Services
Assistant Cabinet Members
- Councillor Charlie Gray
- Councillor Alex Hay
- Councillor Stephen Lambert
Current political makeup of the Council as at July 2021
Councillors are paid a basic allowance which is £9,200 for 2021/22 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.