About your LJC
What do the Local Joint Committees do?
They act as a decision maker with regard to the local delivery of a range of services. They are able to determine expenditure of a delegated budget and to prioritise resource allocation in their area.
Local Joint Committees are able to scrutinise local service delivery and to call Shropshire Council's leading members or senior managers to attend meetings and explain decisions affecting their locality. They are also able to hold other public service providers to account and to refer matters of concern about service delivery to the council's scrutiny panels.
The committees act as the formal consultation mechanism for Shropshire Council, over and above that provided by local parish and town councils.
Which areas do the Local Joint Committees cover?
The 28 Local Joint Committees (LJCs) cover the whole of the county. This LJC includes thirteen parishes:
- Bedstone & Bucknell
- Bettws y Crwyn
- Bishop's Castle
- Chirbury with Brompton
- Lydbury North
- Mainstone with Colebatch
- Myndtown Combined (Myndtown, Norbury, Ratlinghope and Wentnor)
- Newcastle on Clun
- Worthen with Shelve.
Three parish meetings - Edgton, Hopton Castle and Stowe - are in our LJC area but do not have a representative on the committee as they do not have the same legal constitution as a parish council and thus not entitled to a vote.
For a map of the LJC area follow the link below:
Where and when do the LJC meetings take place?
Each Local Committee meets several times a year at a venue within its area. Details of when and where the Local Joint Committee for Bishop's Castle, Chirbury & Worthen, Clun meets are on the link below.
How do the meetings work?
Local Joint Committees allow local people to:
- Get involved with democracy at a local level
- Meet with and talk to local councillors and get them to explain their decisions and report back on progress
- Influence ways in which money can be spent in the community
Each committee gives local people the opportunity to:
- Get items which are important to them on the agenda
- Discuss local issues and get information from other public organisations such as the police or primary care trust
- See local decisions taken in an open and transparent way
Who is involved?
Councillors from Shropshire Council and representatives from all the Parish Councils in the local area have voting rights when it comes to making decisions. Local people are able to discuss local issues, raise concerns, ask questions about local services and call service providers to account. Other public organisations such as the Police, Primary Care Trust, Fire and Rescue Service, can also be invited to the meetings to provide information.
Each committee is supported by a community action officer from the community action team and a committee officer. The community action officers help to maximise local engagement in the work of the Local Joint Committee, to support members of the committee to bring forward matters of interest or concern, and help to ensure that strong links are made with community based groups, organisations and activities.
How do I get involved?
You can attend any of the LJC meetings which take place in your area, and raise any issues about the area with your local councillors. Or if you would like to speak to the community action officer about any issues in your area please contact them by following the links below: