- How is the Mayor Chosen?
- Does the Mayor have a political role?
- What is the role of the Deputy Mayor?
- What is the difference between a Mayor and a Chairman?
- Are there any limits as to what functions the Mayor can attend?
- Do the Mayor and Deputy Mayor receive an allowance?
How is the Mayor Chosen?
Since 1974 it has been compulsory for the Mayor to be elected from among the Councillors sat on a Borough Council.
Each year at Annual Council, usually held in May, the Councillors elect one of their colleagues to fill the position of Mayor for the following year. A Deputy Mayor is also appointed at that meeting.
There is no restriction on who is elected Mayor. They can serve more than once, however, at Corby Borough Council it is normal practice that a Councillor only serve one term as Mayor.
Whilst custom and practice varies from Council to Council, at Corby Borough Council it is usually the case that the Councillor appointed as Deputy Mayor in one year would serve as Mayor the following year although this is unwritten. Ultimately, it is for Annual Council to make the appointment as they see fit.
Does the Mayor have a political role?
The Mayor is a Councillor and can attend Committee meetings, deal with constituents' enquiries etc in the normal way as a "Councillor" but when acting as Mayor they have to distance themselves from the "hurly burly" of political life. As Mayor they are representing the whole Council and the local community regardless of political affiliations.
The Mayor (or in their absence the Deputy Mayor) does Chair meetings of Full Council which are held 6/7 times a year.
The Mayor is entitled to vote at Full Council meetings and if votes for and against a proposition are equal, has a casting vote.
What is the role of the Deputy Mayor?
The Deputy Mayor, appointed by Annual Council, deputises for the Mayor when required. This may include Chairing Full Council meetings, attending internal and/or external gatherings and assisting with the Mayor's charitable fundraising activities.
What is the difference between a Mayor and a Chairman?
Borough Councils elect a Mayor as their "first citizen", District Councils elect a Chairman. Until March 1993, Corby had a District Council and so elected a Chairman each year, since 1993 it has been a Borough Council and so entitled to elect a Mayor. The roles of the two positions are very similar
Are there any limits as to what functions the Mayor can attend?
The Mayor should avoid attending events of a political nature but otherwise any event that promotes the economic, social or community well being of the Borough would be acceptable. The main limitation relates to the Mayor's diary.
The Mayor has to balance their Civic duty, their role as a Councillor, their own employment and their family life. Any invitation for the Mayor to attend a particular function should be forwarded to the Mayor's Office as soon as possible, in order that the invitation can receive proper consideration.
If the Mayor is unable to attend, often the host will be asked whether the invitation can be extended to the Deputy Mayor.
An organisation can submit an invitation to the Mayor by e-mail
Do the Mayor and Deputy Mayor receive an allowance?
Both the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor receive an allowance towards expenses incurred during their year in office. This allowance covers clothes, cost of tickets to events, contributions to charitable events where invited etc.
The Mayor's allowance for 2008-2009 is £6,610. The Deputy Mayor's Allowance for 2008-2009 is £2,080. No additional allowance is given to the Mayoress/Deputy Mayoress or escort/Consort.
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are expected to cover the costs of their respective partners from their own allowances.