Are you concerned about your local area?
Do you want to represent the views of local people?
Do you want to contribute your business or personal skills and expertise?
Are you passionate about services provided to your community?
Then stand for election to become a Councillor on your Local Council!
What will I do if elected?
• Raise matters that the Council can consider and formally decide to take action about at meetings
• Attend Council meetings
• Make informed contributions which influence the debate on the business that needs to be decided at those meetings
• Participate in the Council’s decision making process, which in itself is subject to strict rules and guidelines
• Represent the Council externally
From Local Councils Explained by Meera Tharmaarajah Solicitor for the National Association of Local Councils
• A Councillor’s normal term of office is 4 years
• He/She is the holder of a Public Office and not a volunteer
• The main job of a councillor is to participate in the collective decision making processes of the Council
• He/She has no authority to make decisions about Council business on their own.
• A Local Council may arrange insurance cover to indemnity its councillors against liability resulting from them being representatives of the Council
• A councillor’s financial and certain other interests in Council business must be transparent
• He/she is subject to obligations set out in the Code of Conduct adopted by the Council
• Information about councillors is available in the Council’s publication scheme
• The first business of the Council’s annual meeting is the election of its Chairman.
• Most Councils appoint a Vice Chairman, but this is optional
• The normal term of office for the Chairman and Vice Chair is one year.
So, what are you waiting for?
Advice is always available regarding becoming a councillor. Contact your local council today to find out more!