Interested in becoming a councillor?

Being a councillor can be a very rewarding experience.

It gives you an opportunity to help your local community and be part of a dedicated team providing key services for your area.

It's a great way to gain political experience and useful skills in public speaking, debating and problem solving.

To be eligible you must be:

  • A British Subject or a citizen of the Irish Republic or the EU and resident in the UK
  • At least 18 years of age on the day you are nominated
  • Either on the Electoral Register for the council area in which you are seeking election, or have lived or worked in that council area for at least the last 12 months.

Do I have the time?

It is possible to spend much of your time on council business - but the vast majority of councillors have full time jobs, families and hobbies.

Unless you take on the responsibility as a Cabinet Member or Chairman/Vice-Chairman of a committee, your work at the council shouldn't involve more than a few meetings a month depending on the number of panels/ groups/ committees you sit on.

Councillor attendance at meetings is published.

What qualifications do I need?

The main qualifications are an interest in your community and a willingness to learn. Knowledge, experience and confidence will follow. Training is also provided.

Do councillors get paid?

You will be paid a basic allowance and, where applicable, a special responsibility allowance.

Details of these can be found in the Members Allowance Scheme in the council's constitution.

What should I do if I'm interested?

Most councillors are elected as representatives of a political party - although some stand as independents.

Get in touch with the agent or secretary of your favoured party in your local area - or alternatively contact the elections office on 01530 454503 or e-mail

Last updated: Thu 17 September, 2015 @ 15:50