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GMCA is a democratic organisation. It comprises of 9 council leaders plus the Interim GM Mayor who are responsible for agreeing policies about provision of services and how the Authority's money is spent. The Authority employs officers who are responsible for its day to day management.

Leaders decide which policies the Authority should pursue, ensure that they are carried out and monitor services provided to ensure that they are delivered in the most efficient and effective way.

The local Leader is there to represent the views and opinions of individuals. It is also his or her responsibility to help those with difficulties which the Authority could help solve. GMCA Leaders decide how the Authority should carry out its many important functions.

Local Leaders are elected by the community to decide how the Authority should carry out its various activities. They represent public interest as well as individuals living within the local authority in which he or she has been elected to serve a term of office.

To do this they have regular contact with the general public through either Authority meetings, telephone calls or surgeries. Surgeries provide an opportunity for any local authority resident to go and talk their Leader face to face and these take place on a regular basis.

Your Leader will discuss any concerns or problems relating to Authority services and listen to your views on issues that you feel are important.

Leaders are not paid a salary for their work, but they do receive allowances. By law, all members of the Authority are required to complete a Declaration of Interest form, the details of which are published annually.