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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 undertkake 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 2019 -20 are as follows (further details around specific responsibilities to follow):
Councillor Nick Forbes – Leader of the Council
Councillor Joyce McCarty – Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet member for Resources
Councillor Veronica Dunn – Cabinet member for Education and Skills
Councillor Ged Bell – Cabinet member for Employment and Investment
Councillor Nick Kemp – Cabinet member for the Environment and Climate Change
Councillor Karen Kilgour – Cabinet member for Health and Social Care
Councillor Linda Hobson – Cabinet member for Housing
Councillor Arlene Ainsley – Cabinet member for Transport and Air Quality
Councillor Kim McGuinness – Cabinet member for Culture, Sport and Public Health
Councillor Clare Penny-Evans – Cabinet member for Communities
Current political makeup of the Council as at May 2019
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Councillors are paid a basic allowance which is £9,000 for 2019/20 and some have responsibility allowances for different roles that they take on.
Declaration of Interests
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.
Members Register of declarations of interest (pdf, 161 kb)