District and county councillors
Your councils are made up of between 24 and 48 councillors from different political parties.
Standing for election at regular intervals, the councillors represent different areas, called wards. The wards are arranged so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors.
Because some wards have larger populations they have two or even three councillors to represent the area. Each ward is made up of smaller areas, called parishes. For example, if you live in the parish of Stratton, you live in the ward of Frome Valley.
Councillors make decisions on how they should use their resources and make them available to the community. They represent local views and try to resolve problems within the local area. They also undertake quality checks on the service they are providing.
Councillors are there to make decisions and to give help and advice on issues that have not been resolved through direct contact with your council.
Christchurch Borough councillors
Christchurch Borough Council has 24 councillors who are elected by the public every four years. They represent 11 different wards of Christchurch.
Dorset county councillors
Dorset County Council has 45 councillors who are elected by the public every four years.
East Dorset district councillors
East Dorset District Council has 36 councillors who are elected by the public every four years. They represent 24 different wards of East Dorset.
North Dorset District Councillors
North Dorset District Council is made up of 33 democratically elected councillors - voted for by local people in local elections. The next district council election will take place in May 2015
Purbeck district councillors
Purbeck District Council has 24 councillors, representing 14 wards.
West Dorset district councillors
West Dorset District Council has 48 councillors who are elected by the public every four years. They represent 33 different wards of West Dorset.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Councillors
Weymouth and Portland has 36 councillors who are elected by the public. They represent 15 different wards of Weymouth and Portland.
- Councillors - allowances
Councillors are entitled to certain allowances per year. These include a basic allowance, as well as allowances which cover subsistence, travel and special responsibilities, such as chairmanship of committees.
- Councillors - declaration of interest
All county and district councillors are required to list their financial and other interests. These forms are available to inspect at council offices and are in the process of being made available online.
- Complaints about councillors
How to let us know about any problems or complaints about the treatment you have received from councillors.