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Member attendance records

This page provides details of member attendance records for all councillors at meetings of the Council, Cabinet, Committees and Working or Task Groups to which they have been appointed as a member.

It does not therefore include attendance at meetings of any external bodies to which the member has been appointed.  Details of the external bodies concerned are listed under each individual councillor's details.

Members' attendance at meetings from 16 May 2017 to the present is available by clicking on the link below.  Previous years' attendance is shown in summary format at the foot of this page.

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The tables below give attendance statistics for the years 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/2017 and 16 May 2017-4 September 2017 for all councillors at meetings of the Council, Cabinet, Committees and Working or Task Groups to which they have been appointed. Membership of any of these bodies can change during a municipal year. In instances where this has happened, only attendance at meetings during the period any given councillor was a member have been counted. Any meetings not attended by the Democratic Services team (e.g. some task group meetings and Member Workshops) have not been included in the attendance figures.

Both the Standards Committee and the Licensing and Environmental Health Committee have a number of extraordinary meetings where only three or four councillors respectively from the committee are required to attend, but the entire membership of both committees is given the opportunity to do so. Non-attendance at these meetings does not have a negative impact on a Councillor's attendance records. Attendance at meetings in some circumstances is affected by personal circumstances, such as bereavement or ill-health.

It should also be noted there are many instances throughout the year where members are invited or required to attend additional meetings, or choose to do so, for a variety of reasons.  Such attendances are not included in the table, but are recorded in the minutes of meetings.

Examples where councillors attend additional meetings:

a. Cabinet - Deputy Portfolio Holders, the leaders of the opposition groups, and the chairmen of the Scrutiny Committee and the Performance and Audit Committee
b. Planning Committee - members may attend to make representations about an application they have called in
c. Scrutiny Committee - members may be asked to attend to give evidence or answer questions

A general point to note when considering this attendance data is that it is by no means wholly indicative of the work councillors undertake.  Councillors are appointed to a wide variety of external community based or strategic organisations and may attend meetings of parish councils based in their wards.  The Chairman represents the Council at a variety of civic functions throughout Essex and sometimes beyond.  Councillors also have an important ward role in representing constituents and answering their concerns.  Taken alone, therefore, the figures should not be seen as the only indicator of a councillor's effectiveness. 

pdf icon Member Attendance Record 2016-17 [189kb]
pdf icon Member Attendance Record 2015-16 [26kb]
pdf icon Member Attendance Record 2014-15 [33kb]
pdf icon Member Attendance Record 2013-14 [23kb]


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