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BEING A LOCAL COUNCILLOR
What’s it all about ...


Want to do something positive?
Help make a difference by influencing decisions that affect your
community?
Then stand for election to become a Councillor on your Local
Council!

Who is eligible?
Any person over the age of 18 who is a citizen of the United
Kingdom, the European Community or the Commonwealth can
be a Councillor if they are an elector in, work in, live in or live
within three miles of the area of the local Council.
What will I do if elected?
Ÿ Raise matters that the Council can consider and formally
decide to take action about at meetings
Ÿ Attend Council meetings
Ÿ Make informed contributions which influence the debate on
the business that needs to be decided at those meetings
Ÿ Participate in the Council’s decision making process, which in
itself is subject to strict rules and guidelines
Ÿ Represent the Council externally

Key Points
Ÿ A Councillor’s normal term of office is 4 years

Ÿ He/She is the holder of a Public Office and not a volunteer

Ÿ They can receive expenses for their role

Ÿ The main job of a Councillor is to participate in the collective
decision making process of the Council

Ÿ He/She has no authority to make decisions about Council
bushiness on their own.





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