There are 33 local Councillors representing the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough. They come from a range of political groups and are the Council's decision makers, agreeing policies and spending priorities.
There are 11 Electoral Wards within Merthyr Tydfil and Councillors are elected to act on behalf of their Ward, making decisions about local services, budgets and the overall level of Council services.
Local Councillors are elected at Local Government Elections to decide how the Council should carry out its various activities. They represent individuals living within their ward and public interest as a whole across the County Borough. Councillors have regular contact with the general public through Council meetings, telephone calls and surgeries.
A guide to being a Councillor in 2017 is attached http://www.wlga.gov.uk/be-a-councillor-2017.
Councillors are entitled to different types of salaries, allowances and expenses dependent on the roles and responsibilities they have, as determined by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales (IRPW).
The Council also publishes all salaries, travel, subsistence and care allowances that are actually paid to Councillors and co-opted members each year.
The Local Authority is required to ensure that Councillors are able to make an Annual Report for their Council activities during the previous year. It is a matter for Councillors whether they chose to take up the opportunity to produce Annual Reports.
Further information about the role of a Councillor is available from the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA).