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Londoners "ignorant of councillors' role"


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A quarter of Londoners would like to be a councillor, despite many not knowing what the job entails or who runs their council, according to a poll.


Rubbish collection, local taxes and leisure services are among areas overseen by local councillors in Britain, who number 20,000 in total and are elected by the communities they serve.


The poll, carried-out for London Councils an organisation which represents the city's 33 borough councils, found that about half of 1,001 people surveyed believed, wrongly, that the police are run by councillors.


Only 40 percent knew which political party runs their own council and just six percent knew the name of their council leader.

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