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There are 34 Councillors in the Scottish Borders Council, who were elected in the council election on 3 May 2012. They are also known as Elected Members and they represent their local community in one of the multi-member wards in the Scottish Borders.
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The role of a Councillor
Scottish Borders Councillors are elected by you, the local community, to represent both the public interest and individuals in their ward. They are responsible for making decisions about local services on your behalf. They attend meetings, support the local community and establish links with local organisations and campaigns.
Councillors agree policies for providing services within the Council's area These services are then managed on a day to day basis by officers employed by the Council. Councillors also make decisions about the Council's budget.
All Councillors receive a salary for undertaking their Council duties.
Code of conduct
The Scottish Government introduced a revised Councillors' code of conduct in 2010 and each Councillor must abide by this code. The code deals with:
- general conduct
- registration of interests
- declaration of interests
- taking decisions on quasi-judicial or regulatory applications.
Scottish Borders Council also has its own procedure for handling complaints against Councillors.
Local elections are normally held every 4 years. The last local election was held on 3 May 2012. To vote in local elections you need to be on the electoral register.
You may wish to consider standing for election. If you do, you can find out more about becoming a Councillor.