Councillors and Communities: The 21st Century Councillor Framework Tested

Councillors and Communities: The 21st Century Councillor Framework Tested

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Federation House

2 Federation Street


M4 4BF

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We asked Councillors, council officers & communities about the roles of a 21st century Councillor. Join us to explore what we learned.

About this event

What did we learn "Testing The 21st Century Councillor Framework"? What is required to support Councillors, council officers and communities to enable more effective outcomes, to meet current and emerging issues?

This free event is for Councillors, community members, council officers and anyone with an interest in how people can work together to govern localities better.


Councillors commit time to the local community. Most are motivated by a desire to shape what happens where they live. They often belong to a political party too. As budgets decrease, and public expectations remain high, it is not an easy task.

A group of action researchers from Jam & Justice decided to talk with Councillors, the council officers who work with and support Councillors, and other people living in the same area.

We wanted to hear about examples of good practice, and to look for ways in which everyone could work well together.

With North West Employers, Jam & Justice ran focus groups in 4 different Greater Manchester councils - Bury, Manchester, Oldham, and Salford. We used The 21st Century Councillor Framework as a starting point to discuss what people expect Councillors to do.

In this event, we will explore what people said and what it might mean for the future of Councillors and communities.


Jam and Justice is an action research project funded by the ESRC, with support from Mistra Urban Futures. Our Action Research Collective brings together people from different walks of life to ask how we can govern cities differently.

North West Employers is a not-for-profit organisation working with 41 local authorities in the North West of England to support development.

This event will explore findings from a project we called “Testing The 21st Century Councillor Framework”.



This event will take place in the Defiant event space, on the Upper Ground floor of Federation House.

  • Lift access to every floor
  • Portable wheelchair ramp
  • Hearing loop in Defiant events space
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Toilets on the same floor and disabled toilets on every other floor

Please tell us about any additional access requirements you may have when registering.

Diet: A light lunch will be provided, including vegetarian and vegan food as standard. Please notify us in advance of any additional dietary requirements you may have.


9:30 Arrival and Registration. (Tea, Coffee, and cold drinks will be available.)

10:00 Event commences.

13:00 Event ends.