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Councillors

The Council has 37 councillors, also known as members, covering 20 wards. Each councillor is elected for a term of four years; the last election took place in May 2015.

Councillors are elected to represent their constituents and to take decisions upon the Council’s services and policies. Councillors can claim allowances for carrying out Council duties. Some councillors also receive special responsibility allowances for undertaking specific roles such as Portfolio Holder (Cabinet Members only), or Chairman of a Committee. The Chairman of the Council is elected every year at the Annual Council meeting, usually in May. The council is committed to member development and has produced a Member Development Strategy (1mb)

Members of the Council

The current political representation of the Council is:

  • Labour - 32
  • Independent - 4
  • Non-Aligned Independent Member - 1

We have produced a guide to help people who are about thinking of standing for the Council. ‘Becoming a Councillor Guide...’ (656kb).

 

Barlborough  
Hilary Gilmour
Hilary Gilmour
Brian Watson
Brian Watson
 
Blackwell  
Clive Moesby
Clive Moesby
Dextor Bullock
Dexter Bullock
 
Bolsover North West  
Paul Cooper
Paul Cooper
Sue Statter
Sue Statter
 
 Bolsover South   
Toni Bennett
Toni Bennett

Pat Cooper

Pat Cooper

 
Bolsover West    
Rose Bowler
Rose Bowler
Mark Dixey
Mark Dixey 
 
Clowne North    

Terry Connerton
Terry Connerton 

Gwyneth Buxton
Gwyneth Buxton

 
Clowne South    
Jim Smith
Jim Smith 
Karl Reid
Karl Reid 
 
Elmton-with-Creswell   
Duncan McGregor
Duncan McGregor 
Rita Turner
Rita Turner 
Jim Clifton
Jim Clifton 
 Pinxton   
Mary Dooley
Mary Dooley 
Tom Alexander
Tom Alexander 
 
Pleasley    
Ann Syrett
Ann Syrett 
Pauline Bowmer
Pauline Bowmer 
 
Scarcliffe    
Malcolm Crane
Malc Crane 
Jen Wilson
Jen Wilson 
 
Shirebrook East     
Brian Murray-Carr
Brian Murray-Carr 
   
Shirebrook Langwith     
Ken Walker
Ken Walker 
   
Shirebrook North West     
Steve Fritchley
Steve Fritchley 
   
Shirebrook South East     
Andrew Anderson
Andrew Anderson 
   
Shirebrook South West     
Sandra Peake
Sandra Peake
   
South Normanton East   
Tracey Cannon
Tracey Cannon
 
Charles Joesbury
Andrew Joesbury 
 
South Normanton West   
Paul Barnes
Paul Barnes 
Phil Smith
Phil Smith 
Emma Stevenson
Emma Stevenson 
Tibshelf    
Ray Heffer
Ray Heffer 
Deborah Watson
Deborah Watson 
 
Whitwell    
Tom Munro
Tom Munro 

John  Ritchie
John Ritchie 

 

 

 

 

 

Code of Conduct

Councillors are subject to a Code of Conduct (50kb) which governs their behaviour when carrying out official duties. This Code forms part of the Council’s Constitution.

The Code of Conduct covers matters such as declarations of interest, treating others with respect, not bringing the Council into disrepute. If you have concern about the conduct of a Councillor (District, Parish or Town Council) and you think they have breached the Code, you are entitled to make a complaint. This should be done in writing using a complaint form (324kb) and sent to the Monitoring Officer, Bolsover District Council, The Arc, High Street, Clowne, Derbyshire S43 4JY. The complainant should ensure that they have clearly identified the breaches of the Code they are alleging against the Councillor. The complaint cannot be about a Council decision or service delivery issue. The Council has produced a summary of the complaints process (28kb) for ease of understanding.

Complaints are assessed by the Monitoring Officer who is responsible for deciding how each complaint is dealt with. The Monitoring Officer will decide, following consultation with an independent person, if the complaint is within the jurisdiction of the Code and if there should be an investigation, or if other action should be taken to address the complaint or the conduct of the Member, or if no further action is to be taken.

If a complaint is investigated it may lead to a Standards Committee Hearing and a sanction against the Councillor concerned.

Members Allowances

The Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (ENGLAND) Regulations 2003

The Members Allowances Scheme

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in accordance with regulation 16 of the above regulations that Bolsover District Council has made its Members’ Allowance Scheme for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

In accordance with regulation 19 the Scheme has been made having regard to the recommendations of the Independent Remuneration Panel in its reports in October 2014 and March 2015. Schedule One shows the main features of the Panel’s recommendations including the amounts of allowances it has recommended the Authority make payable to the Members. Schedule Two shows the main features of the Authority’s Scheme.

Copies of the Members Allowance Scheme may be inspected at the principal office of the Council at The Arc, High Street Clowne, during normal office- Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm. In accordance with regulation 15(1) and 15(2) the records of payments made under the Scheme may be inspected by prior arrangement with the Chief Finance Officer at the above-mentioned principal office. Members of the public may take copies of such documents on payment of such reasonable fee as the Council may determine

Schedule One - Independent Remuneration Panel's Recommendations

No. Element Annual Amount
1 Annual Basic Allowance payable to each member £  6,932

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Annual Special Responsibility Allowances:  
Leader £   17,186
Deputy Leader £   12,305
Executive Members, largest Opposition Group Leader , Planning Committee Chair £   7,405       
Licensing Committee Chair £   3,702
Chair of Scrutiny Committees £   4,936
Vice Chairs of Scrutiny Committees £   2,468
3 The mileage allowances payable 45 pence per mile and 5 pence for each passenger on Council business
4 The duties which attract travel allowances See schedule  Three

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Annual Co-optees Allowance in addition to travelling and subsistence Allowances - Audit £     250.00
Annual Co-optees Allowance in addition to travelling and subsistence Allowances - Standards £     500.00
Annual Co-optee – Chair Audit Committee £   1,467.00
Annual Co-optee – Chair Standards Committee £   1,222.00
Sessional Co-optee Relief Chair – Audit Committee £     366.75
Sessional Co-optee Relief Chair – Standards Committee £     203.67
6 Childcare or dependents allowances to be payable £7.85  Per Hour Maximum Per Day £       31.40
7 Where the level of allowances is linked, changes to the employees’ rates will be reflected in the Members’ Scheme.
 

Schedule Two - The 2015/2016 Members' Allowance Scheme

No. Element Annual Amount
1 Annual Basic Allowance payable to each member £  9,902 .44

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Annual Special Responsibility Allowances:  
Leader £14,672.16
Deputy Leader £   9,781.44
Executive Members, largest Opposition Group Leader, Planning Committee Chair £   4,890.72       
Planning  Committee Vice Chair, Licensing Committee Chair £   2,445
Licensing Committee Vice Chair £  1,222
Chair of Scrutiny Committees £   3,260.48
Vice Chairs of Scrutiny Committees £   1,630.24
3 The mileage allowances payable 45 pence per mile and 5 pence for each passenger on Council business
4 The duties which attract travel and subsistence allowances See schedule  three

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Annual Co-optees Allowance in addition to travelling and subsistence Allowances - Audit £     250.00
Annual Co-optees Allowance in addition to travelling and subsistence Allowances - Standards £     500.00
Annual Co-optee – Chair Audit Committee £   1,467.00
Annual Co-optee – Chair Standards Committee £   1,222.00
Sessional Co-optee Relief Chair – Audit Committee £     366.75
Sessional Co-optee Relief Chair – Standards Committee £     203.67
6 Childcare or dependents allowances to be payable £7.85 Per Hour Maximum Per Day £       31.40
7 Where the level of allowances is linked, changes to the employees’ rates will be reflected in the Members’ Scheme.
 

Schedule Three - Duties Which Attract Travel Allowance

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Where expenditure is necessarily incurred in connection with the performance of an approved duty;

Council and committee meetings ;

Meetings of outside bodies to which the authority makes appointments and nominations and where the member has been nominated by the Council ;

Meetings the holding of which is authorised in advance and where members of both political groups have been invited ;

Meetings of associations where the council is a member of the association ;

A duty or class of duty approved for the purpose of or in connection with the discharge of functions as more particularly described in the panel’s report and the  Members Allowance Scheme;

Non commercial and non political conferences inside or outside the UK to discuss matters relating to the interest of the area or the inhabitants or any part, in connection with discharging the duties of the Authority or its committees or sub-committees.

Non commercial and non political meetings inside or outside the UK to discuss matters relating to the interests of the area or the inhabitants or any part, in connection with discharging the duties of the Authority or its committees or sub-committees.

 

Below is a list of allowances paid to members for the following years.
 

 

MP’s & MEP’s

Members of Parliament

You elect MPs to represent your interests and concerns in the House of Commons. MPs are involved in considering and proposing new laws, and can use their position to ask government ministers questions about current issues.There is one member of parliament who represents the Bolsover constituency.

Name Political Party Email Telephone Write
Dennis Skinner Labour Party This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    House of Commons Switchboard: 020 7219 3000. Please ask for the office of Mr Dennis Skinner. Mr Dennis Skinner, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

Dennis was elected as MP for the Bolsover constituency on Thursday 6th May 2010.

Members of the European Parliament

You elect Members of the European Parliament or MEP's to represent your interests and concerns in the European Union.

They do this by listening to people with local and national concerns, to interest groups and businesses. Where necessary, they question and lobby the Commission and the Council of Ministers. There are five MEP's that represent the East Midlands.

To find out more about MEP's and their work, please visit the European Parliament website.

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