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We publish details of councillors’ allowances and the Register of Pecuniary Interests (setting out their financial and other interests in the borough) to promote transparency in the use of public funds and decision-making.
Our policy is to publish as much information as we can, subject to any legal restrictions.
Information is updated on an annual basis. We update the Register of Interests forms when changes are made.
The published information includes:
In addition, details of councillors’ declarations of interests in meetings can be found:
Details of councillors’ declarations of their receipt of gifts and hospitality are also reported in the Ethical Monitoring Report and on their individual webpages.
Councillors have a wide-ranging role and it’s up to each individual councillor to choose how they work. In general, councillors have three main areas of responsibility:
The London Borough of Waltham Forest is divided up into 20 areas, known as wards. Each ward elects three councillors.
For many councillors, representing their ward is the most important aspect of their role. This can involve a variety of activities but usually means councillors will spend time:
All councillors are involved in making decisions about how the council is run, what services the council should provide, and how the council should spend its money.
For more on how the council to makes decisions read our page on council decision making.
The council’s constitution sets out which committees, councillors, and officers can take which types of decision.
Many councillors, who aren’t in the cabinet, are members of an overview and scrutiny committee and sub-committees and panels.
Many other organisations and agencies like the NHS, businesses, charities, and voluntary and community groups, play an important role in affecting the quality of the local area.
Since councillors can’t tell these other organisations what to do, the councillor’s, and the council’s, role as a community leader is to: