General information about councillors
Information and contact details for your local councillors
Barnsley has 63 councillors, divided between 21 small geographical areas called ‘wards’. Each ward is represented by 3 councillors, and each councillor holds office for 4 years. If you are unsure which ward you live in you can find out by using our interactive maps. A poster of photographs and telephone numbers for all Elected Members is available to download, you can also find a list of wards and their councillors at the bottom of this page.
Councillors are elected by ‘thirds’. This means that elections are held for 21 seats, one in each ward, every year for 3 years in a row. This is followed by one year when there are no elections. Elections next take place in May 2014.
At present, Barnsley has 53 Labour councillors, 4 Conservatives, and 6 independents. Only people who live, work, are eligible to vote in the Barnsley borough can stand for election. Councillors have a duty to the whole community and a special duty to represent their constituents, including those who did not vote for them.
All councillors meet together to agree the council’s overall policies and budget. Each councillor will also serves on a Ward Panel and an Area Delivery Panel.
Councillors are not paid a salary for their work, but do receive a basic ‘allowance’. The amount paid is set out in the council’s Members' Allowance Scheme. The Scheme sets out a list of ‘approved duties’, and councillors undertaking these duties can be reimbursed for the costs of travel, arranging care for dependents, and some meals. A small number of councillors also receive a ‘Special Responsibility Allowance’ for undertaking extra duties.
More information about each individual councillor is available of their own web page.
Councillor Tim Shepherd
Councillor Ken Richardson Msc
Councillor Brain Mathers
LEADER OF THE COUNCIL
Councillor Sir Stephen Houghton CBE
Councillor Jim Andrews
Independent group leader: Councillor Phillip Birkinshaw
Conservative: Councillor John Wilson
Find your ward councillors
Councillor Martin Dyson, Councillor Doug Birkinshaw, Councillor Margaret Bruff
Councillor Charlie Wraith MBE, Councillor Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, Councillor Joe Hayward
Councillor Brian Key, Councillor Caroline Saunders, Councillor Pauline Markham
Darton East Ward
Councillor Roy Miller, Councillor Lesley Duerden, Councillor Harry Spence
Darton West Ward
Councillor Linda Burgess, Councillor Alice Cave, Councillor Sharon Howard
Dearne North Ward
Councillor Alan Gardiner, Councillor Jennifer Worton, Councillor Dave Sim
Dearne South Ward
Councillor Ralph Sixsmith MBE, Councillor Sharron Brook, Councillor May Noble
Councillor Brian Perrin, Councillor Phillip Birkinshaw, Councillor Jack carr
Hoyland Milton Ward
Councillor Tim Shepherd, Councillor Mick Stowe, Councillor Robin Franklin
Councillor Tom Sheard, Councillor Donna Green, Councillor Kathryn Mitchell
Monk Bretton Ward
Councillor Margaret Sheard, Councillor Steve Green, Councillor Ken Richardson
North East Ward
Councillor Dave North, Councillor Jeff Ennis, Councillor Dorothy Higginbottom
Old Town Ward
Councillor Anita Cherryholme, Councillor Phil Davies, Councillor Liz Grundy
Penistone East Ward
Councillor Paul Hand-Davis, Councillor John Wilson, Councillor Robert Barnard
Penistone West Ward
Councillor Ann Rusby, Councillor Joe Unsworth, Councillor Dave Griffin
Councillor Chris Lamb, Councillor Emma Dures, Councillor Jim Andrews
Councillor Tracey Cheetham, Councillor Caroline Makinson, Councillor Tim Cheetham
St Helen's Ward
Councillor David Leech, Councillor Sarah Tattersall, Councillor Jenny Platts
Councillor Karen Dyson, Councillor Wayne Johnson, Councillor Brian Mathers
Councillor Richard Wraith, Councillor Margaret Morgan, Councillor Robert Frost
Councillor Gill Carr, Councillor John Clarke, Councillor Betty Barlow
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