Local Councillors

Local Councillors

Councillors

Three councillors represent each of the 26 wards in the city and usually are elected for a 4-year term. Councillors participate in the work of the council in a variety of ways to  help residents with problems involving the work of the council.  The overriding duty of councillors is to the whole community but they have a special duty to the residents of their wards.  Councillors must agree to follow a code of conduct to ensure high standards in the way they undertake their duties.  A copy of the code of conduct can be found in Newcastle Charter

Find your Councillor
Full list of Councillors
Know Your Councillors (pdf, 1.153kb)

Cabinet Portfolios

Cabinet members are elected representatives given specific responsibilities for the work of the council. They provide overall direction and set the policy framework for services to work within. They are ultimately responsible for the decisions the council makes. Cabinet members have delegated powers to make specific decisions, which speeds up decision-making.

Cabinet Posts for 2021 -22 are as follows

Councillor Nick Forbes  Leader of the council

Councillor Karen Kilgour  Deputy Leader of the council

Councillor Ged Bell  Cabinet member for Development, Neighbourhoods and Transport 

Councillor Paula Holland  Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Councillor Joyce McCarty  Cabinet member for Inclusive Economy

Councillor Stella Postlethwaite  Cabinet member for Policy Co-ordination and Communications

Councillor Irim Ali  Cabinet Member for Community Services and Public Engagement

Councillor Clare Penny-Evans  Cabinet member for Climate Change and Public Safety

Councillor John-Paul Stephenson  Cabinet member for Public Health and Culture

Councillor Linda Hobson  Cabinet member for Housing and Regulatory Services
 

Assistant Cabinet Members

  • Councillor Charlie Gray
  • Councillor Alex Hay
  • Councillor Stephen Lambert

Political Composition

Current political makeup of the Council as at July 2021

Political Party Male Female Total
Labour 27 25 52
Liberal Democrats 13 7 20
Independents 3 0 3
Newcastle Independents 2 1 3
TOTAL 45 33 78

Allowances

Councillors are paid a basic allowance which is £9,200 for 2021/22 and some have responsibility allowances for different roles that they take on. 

Members Allowance Scheme
Members Allowances for 2021-22
Members Allowances Paid - Year Ending 31 March 2021

 

Declaration of Interests and Register of Gifts and Hospitality

All councillors are required by law to complete a declaration of interests form to register their financial and other interests that could potentially conflict with their role as local councillor.  They are also required to declare any interests at the start of any council meeting where the interest conflicts with some or all the business to be discussed at that meeting.  They may not take part in the discussion of or vote on those items in which they have a prejudicial interest.  All councillors are also required to declare any gifts or hospitality.

Members Register of declarations of interest 
Members Declarations of Gifts and Hospitality - 2018-2020

Need more information?

If you require any further information on Councillors and decision making contact:
Service Manager, Democratic Services
Linda Scott
Telephone: 0191 211 5159
Email: linda.scott@newcastle.gov.uk

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