How your local council works
Local councils are run by democratically-elected councillors. Councillors are responsible for making decisions on behalf of the local community about local services, such as bin collections, tourism and leisure facilities.
You can attend most meetings of a council, but usually you will not be able to speak at them.
While the full council (a meeting of all members of the council) is theoretically responsible for all the decisions made, in practice most work is delegated to smaller groups of councillors or council officers (paid employees).
Councils have different ways of making decisions. Most have a committee structure, dealing with separate aspects of the council's business.
For more details about your local council, find your council's website on the list at the following link.
Mayors and ceremonial duties
Councils choose a mayor or chairperson and a deputy to undertake civic ceremonial duties.
Getting involved with your local council
As well as being able to attend some council meetings and having access to meeting papers and notes, you can also contact your local councillor about relevant issues.
A councillor is elected by the local community and is there to represent its views. Remember to use your vote at the local elections.
Your council's website will have a list of councillors' names and contact addresses. You might also consider becoming a local councillor or working for your local council. You can contact your local council for more details.
Your local councillor
If you want to voice any issues with your local councillor, contact them by your local council.