Q&A / Others / What does a councillor do? We’ve had the local elections. You have elected your councillors. So what do they do? Here’s what you need to know: Councillors attend hearings, meetings, read through proposals and ensure that their wards' interests are protected. Councillors are like a super localised MP. They take on issues raised in the election campaign and aim to best represent the views of their ward. Local councillors have to meet with representatives from the public sector, private sectors, NGOs and charities to determine best policy with the council's budget. Councillors sit on committees that specialise in scrutinising decisions relating to the local area. This could be for a decision to build a new road or to change the days that the bins are taken. Councillors often sit on more than one committee. Councillors are generally active in the community. They host surgeries, take phone calls, letters and emails. Some even do home visits!