The research, which will take place over the summer, will form part of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's policy and practice development programme. This JRF project aims to develop models for working with frontline councillors that can be replicated more widely through a programme of national and locally based activities. This will be achieved by undertaking a study of five local authorities where the LGIU will examine how they engage their front-line councillors in decision-making.
'The LGIU is keen to support all authorities in which the roles of councillors is taken seriously, whether they be executive or frontline. Whilst much attention has naturally focussed on executive members under the new constitutional arrangements, we are keen to establish how local front-line councillors are really making a difference. Our research will focus on the ways in which front-line councillors are able to influence decisions and how best local councils can support them to do this.'
Further information on the JRF research project on backbench councillors can be found here.