Democracy Services Officers are available to answer any questions about Council meetings.
All of the Council's work is done electronically wherever possible and, as a result, information technology is an integral part of the Councillor's job.
You will be offered computer equipment as well as an account and email address for your Council work. Training on all aspects of IT and 1-1 training sessions will be offered to any member who wishes, in addition of the help desk dealing with technical problems.
Gwynedd Council works through the medium of Welsh and a translation service will be available for every meeting.
Usually, Council meetings are held during office work hours. Council Committees are conducted through various forms - i.e. Face to face, virtual or a combination of both.
Meetings of Full Council, Cabinet, Planning Committee and any other committee likely to be of public interest are webcasted.
Councillors ’attendance at each meeting is recorded and placed on the Council website. The website contains the name, photo and contact details of each Councillor.
Provision for disabled Councillors
The Council's buildings are suitable for disabled people, with parking spaces for disabled people located close to the buildings. There is a lift in the Council's main buildings to gain access to meeting rooms and special provision is available should a building need to be evacuated in an emergency.
Pay and Allowances
Councillors receive a salary for their work. All elected members of Welsh Local Authorities are entitled to receive a basic annual salary, which is paid on the 22nd of each month. Members with additional responsibilities, such as a Cabinet Member or Committee Chair, receive higher salaries. Reasonable expenses are also paid.
A Councillor can claim reimbursement of care costs to provide care for dependents when they are undertaking their duties; they are also entitled to maternity pay. Care costs will be reimbursed to Councillors with caring responsibilities for children or dependent adults, or personal care requirements. Members are also entitled to join the Local Government pension scheme.