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Thinking of becoming a councillor?

 

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So you're thinking about becoming a councillor?

 

Parish, district or county?

 

If you want to be a candidate for a parish, district or county council then you need to be:

 

If you're not on the register, then you must have either:

 

  • owned land or property;
  • lived in;
  • or worked in the electoral area during the 12 months immediately before the election.

You may be disqualified as a candidate if you work for the Council (county, district or parish) or hold a politically restricted post with another local authority. Bankruptcy or a previous criminal conviction resulting in a sentence in excess of  three-months would also disqualify you as a candidate.

 

Most candidates are nominated through a political party. However individuals are welcome to stand in their own right. Each candidate must get one person to agree to propose their nomination, one other to second it, and a further 8 to give their assent. All of these people must be registered electors for the district ward/parish or county division in which you want to stand for election.

 

In the case of parish elections, you may qualify as a candidate even if you don't live in that parish. You need to live within 3 miles (4.8 km) of the boundary.

 

Role of a councillor

 

Councillors are elected to the local council to represent their local community, so they must either live or work in the area. Becoming a councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. You will be in a position to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects.

 

Being an effective councillor requires both commitment and hard work. Councillors have to balance the needs and interests of residents the political party they represent (if any) and the council. These will all make legitimate demands on a councillor’s time, on top of the demands and needs of their personal and professional lives.

 

The councillor’s role takes on the District Council or County Council takes in:

  • Representing the District Ward or County Division
  • Decision making
  • Policy and strategy review and development
  • Overview and scrutiny
  • Regulatory duties
  • Community leadership and engagement

 

You can get some really helpful information about becoming a councillor from the National Association of Local Council's website.

 

The Local Government Association also publish useful information on their website "Be a Councillor".

 

voteMP or MEP?

 

If you want to stand for Parliament or become a candidate for the European elections then you must be over 21.

 

You can get more information about becoming a parliamentary election candidate by visiting the Electoral Commission website.

 

More information?

 

You can get nomination papers and 'guidance notes for candidates' from us during the run-up to an election. 

 

There are detailed rules about the number of supporting signatures you need, about election expenses and about when you need to return your nomination papers, all of which must be strictly observed.

 

Costs

 
It doesn't cost anything to stand as a candidate for local elections.
 
 

Contact

 
Elections Enquiries
 
Phone: (01902) 696142
Fax: (01902) 696800
Email: elections@sstaffs.gov.uk
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