What facilities and support are available for councillors?
Staff from the Council’s Democratic Services department are available to answer any questions about Council meetings and the roles of the various committees in decision-making.
Computer / IT / communication provision
These days, the Council’s work is done electronically wherever possible. As a result, the use of Information Technology (IT) is an essential part of a councillor’s day to day work when dealing with Council business. You will be provided with computer equipment, a mobile phone and a Council e-mail address to use when undertaking Council work. Training on all aspects of IT (including one-to-one training sessions), will be offered to all councillors on how to use the equipment provided. In addition, the ICT Helpdesk is always available to any councillor who needs technical support.
Public meetings of Denbighshire County Council and its main committees, including Cabinet, Scrutiny Committees and the Planning Committee are generally webcast (external website) live on the Council’s website. Anyone who speaks at these meetings can do so in either English or Welsh. For the benefit of non-Welsh speakers, a simultaneous translation service is available to translate any addresses delivered in Welsh. This service is available in the meeting room itself and for those joining remotely or watching the meeting on webcast.
Meetings are held in various forms, including: face to face, remotely via video conference or a combination of both methods (hybrid meetings).
Councillors’ attendance at each meeting, regardless of whether it is in person or remotely, is recorded and placed on the Council’s website for the public record. The website will also contain the names of all county councillors, their contact details, and their photograph.
Provision for disabled councillors
The Council’s buildings are suitable for disabled people, with parking spaces for disabled people located near the entrances. Lifts are available in the Council’s main buildings to access meeting rooms with emergency provisions in place if a building needs to be evacuated.
Pay and allowances
All councillors are entitled to receive a basic annual salary for their work. This salary is paid directly by Bankers Automated Clearing Services (BACS) on the 28th of every month. Councillors with additional responsibilities, such as Cabinet members and Committee Chairs receive higher salaries. Reasonable expenses, including travelling expenses to attend meetings, can also be paid.
Councillors can also claim reimbursement of care costs to provide care for dependants when they are undertaking Council-related duties. They can also be entitled to maternity pay. Care costs will be reimbursed to councillors with caring responsibilities for children, a dependant adult or personal care requirements. More information about payments available for elected members can be found on the Welsh Government’s website and the page on payments to Elected Members (external website).
There is also an option for councillors to join and contribute to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) (external website).