Becoming a councillor is a most rewarding experience. It gives you the opportunity to help your local community and be part of a dedicated team providing key services for your area.
Being a councillor is a great way to gain political experience and useful skills in public speaking, debating and problem solving.
New councillors are good news. They mean fresh ideas and fresh enthusiasm, and that is good news for your council.
To be eligible you must:
Be at least 18 years old
Be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and
meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
a. You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the local authority area in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.
b. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
c. Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the local authority area.
d. You have lived in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
(These criteria are those currently applicable and will probably change post Brexit at some point unless full reciprocal rights are agreed between the EU and UK)
If you are interested in more information, please contact us