Ordinary people doing an amazing job

Being a councillor is a great job as you can:

  • Get involved and listen to the views of local people
  • Influence change for the benefit of your community
  • Learn something new every day
  • Meet new people

It isn't a 9am to 5pm job but you can do most of it at a time that suits you. It can normally fit around other commitments from full time work to caring for young children and allows you to make a valuable contribution to your community. It does require commitment and dedication so you may want to discuss it with your family and friends so that they understand that you may be spending some of your spare time on council business.

Although working with a political party increases your chance of becoming a councillor you can choose to stand as an independent candidate.

All we ask of you is that you are:

  • 18 or over
  • A British citizen, a citizen of the Irish Republic, the Commonwealth or another member state of the European Union
  • Live, work or own/occupy property within the district
  • Willing to follow the councillors code of conduct

You can't be a councillor if you:

  • Work for our council or work in a politically restricted post in another council
  • Are bankrupt or have been surcharged in excess of £2,000
  • Have served a prison sentence (including suspended sentences) of three months or more in the last five years before the election
  • Have been disqualified under any legislation relating to corrupt or illegal practices

If you are in arrears on your council tax you will not be able to vote on financial matters.

Job description

You will:

  • Make sure that taxpayers money is spent wisely
  • Make sure people get the services they need
  • Check that people are receiving quality services that are value for money
  • Make sure that everyone gets treated fairly
  • Support local businesses
  • Look after the local environment and help to protect it
  • Find places to build homes and help people to find housing they can afford
  • Encourage people to have healthy lifestyles
  • Promote the area and what it has to offer
  • Help vulnerable people to get back on their feet and live independently

You should:

  • Have good communication skills
  • Be good at problem solving
  • Be good at working in a team
  • Be comfortable using IT for email, accessing council papers and social media
  • Have good organisational skills
  • Be able to get your local community involved and keep them informed

You will get:

  • Excellent training that will further develop your skills
  • The chance to specialise in particular areas
  • A basic allowance of £4,725 plus expenses
  • To meet and work with people from across the district
  • The flexibility to work hours that suit you
  • The opportunity to make a difference in your community

The next district council election is on 2 May 2019.

How to stand for election

To find out how to stand for election: