Who's your councillor?
There are 39 city councillors in Norwich - 13 electoral wards with three councillors in each.
Find out who represents you and your ward:
Councillors are community leaders. They champion the interests of the local community and effectively represent the people of Norwich and particularly those in their ward. They undertake casework for constituents and act as an advocate in helping to resolve concerns or grievances. They help formulate council policies, budget and service delivery.
Councillors are sometimes referred to as members which is short for member of the council.
Councillor information 2013 (175 Kb pdf)
Leader of the council
The leader of the council is an elected member. They are appointed by council and will generally hold the term of office for four years, providing they remain a councillor and a representative of the party which forms part of the ruling administration.
The leader is Councillor Brenda Arthur.
The cabinet makes recommendations to the council on the budget and policy framework. It also carries out all the executive functions of the council which are not reserved to the full council, exercised by another committee or delegated to an officer.
Full details of the members and their portfolios are available here.
Each ward is divided into smaller areas called polling districts and each of these has its own polling station where constituents can vote in person on election days.
Use the links below for details of each ward, including maps and locations of each polling station.
Code of conduct
Councillors are required to sign up to a code of conduct as part of their declarations of office. The code of conduct details how councillors are expected to behave when undertaking their duties.
Click the links below to see full code of conduct and procedures for making a complaint for if and when a councillor has failed to follow the code.
Councillors' attendance register
The attendance of councillors at Norwich City Council meetings is recorded and published annually.
Attendance register 2011-12 (11.1 Kb pdf)
Attendance register 2010-11 (31.8 Kb pdf
Attendance register 2009-10 (13.9Kb pdf)
Recommendations for changes to councillors' allowances
An independent panel has made a number of recommendations about allowances paid to councillors for the various duties they perform. A decision about this will be made at a meeting of full council on 29 January, 2013. Click here to see the independent panel's recommendations (19.9 Kb pdf)
Councillors do not receive a salary for being a councillor as it is regarded as a public service, however, each councillor receives a basic allowance. This is aimed at covering the costs such as phone, postage, printer cartridges etc as well as compensating for some of the time spent on council duties. Those undertaking specific roles that require a greater time commitment such as chairs of committees etc receive an additional Special Responsibility Allowance. There are also allowances to cover the cost of travel and to provide carers support to enable attendance at meetings and other official duties.
Members' allowance scheme (24.1 Kb pdf)
Members' allowances - financial year 2010-11 (44.7 Kb pdf)
Members' allowances - financial year 2009-10 (32.2 Kb pdf)
Councillors' travel and subsistence costs for 2008-09 (10.9 Kb pdf)
Declaration of interests
All members of the council are required by law to complete a notification of interests form to register their financial and other interests.
The register of interests and gifts and hospitality can be viewed on the individual councillors pages.
Becoming a councillor
Qualifications and eligibility
You don't need any previous experience, an understanding of how a council works would be helpful although you will be offered training. People of all backgrounds are welcome – the greater the mix of people, the more effectively the council can reflect the views of its community.
You must be:
At least 18 on the day of nomination.
A British subject or an Irish Republic or European Union citizen living in the United Kingdom.
On the Norwich City Council’s electoral register or have lived, worked or owned property in the district for at least the last 12 months.
You will also need to have your nomination signed by 10 people who are on the electoral register in the ward you wish to contest.
You can't stand for election if you:
Already work for Norwich City Council.
Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order.
Have a criminal conviction involving a prison sentence of three months or more (including a suspended sentence) in the last five years.
Are otherwise specifically disqualified from holding office by order of the court.
Time commitment ranges from a few hours each week to several hours every day eg attending training, meetings and reading associated papers beforehand. You are likely to receive a lot of post and a great many telephone calls and emails. There is no salary for being a councillor as it is regarded as a public service, however, each councillor receives a basic allowance. There are also allowances to cover the cost of travel and to provide carers support to enable attendance at meetings and other official duties.
Click here to find out more about becoming a city councillor (8.91 Mb pdf)
Standing for a political party
If you are thinking of standing for a political party you should get in touch with that party’s local organisation. More information about political parties can be found on the register of political parties section of the Electoral Commission website.
You do not have to join a political group - many people stand as independents (a candidate who does not belong to a particular political party) or for local organisations (eg residents associations).
Access to Elected Office Fund
The Access to Elected Office Fund offers individual grants of between £250 and £10,000 to disabled people who want to be selected as candidates for an election, or who are standing for election.
For further information please click here http://www.access-to-elected-office-fund.org.uk/
For information about forthcoming elections vist future UK elections on the Electoral Commission website.
If you would like information about nominations, election expenses or any other aspect of the election please contact your political party office, an existing councillor or the council’s election officer:
The Elections Officer
Norwich City Council
Norwich City Hall
t: 01603 212027 or 212055