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									Become a councillor

Whatever your motivation, being a local councillor can be a very rewarding
experience. It gives you an opportunity to help your local community, make
change happen and be part of the team responsible for the future and well-
being of the London Borough of XXXXXXXX and all the people that live, work
and visit here.

Also, being a councillor enables you to gain political experience and useful
skills you can put to use in other parts of your personal and professional life.

The London Borough of XXXXXXXXX is a member of the organisation London
Councils who have produced the website It has
lots of information and useful links to help you find out more about what is
involved in becoming a councillor.

Who can become a councillor?
What qualifications and experience are needed to become a
How do I become a councillor?
Appoint an agent
What should I do if I want to stand for election as an independent
What does a councillor do?
How much of my time will it take?
Is there support and training available?
Will I get paid for it?
Useful links

Who can become a councillor?
You can become a councillor if you:

   are 18 or over
   have property in or work connections within London Borough of
   are a UK, Commonwealth EU or Irish Republic citizen
   have not been declared bankrupt
   you are on the electoral roll in the council area

Some people are not eligible to become councillors. For more details about
this, visit

What qualifications and experience are needed to become a
You need no specific qualifications or experience. The key requirement for
being a councillor is that you care about the local community and want to
help ensure that the future for XXXXXXXXX and all the people who live here
is a good as possible.

See more details about this on

How do I become a councillor?
You must be nominated and stand for election. You then need to win a
majority of the votes cast. The number of votes you need to win depends on
the ward you stand for election in. Some wards are represented by up to
three councillors.

If you are thinking of standing as a candidate for a particular political party,
then you should first get in touch with that party's local organisation.

These are listed in the Phone Book under "Conservative Associations",
"Labour Party", "Liberal Democrats", "Liberal Party", "Green Party", etc.

You can also contact those represented on the council through the
Democratic Services department at XXXXXXXXXXXXX. You can also read
more about this on

Appoint an agent
Every candidate is needs to have an election agent, although you can act as
your own agent. Amongst other things, your agent sees that the campaign is
conducted in accordance with the law, deals with expenses, and generally
organises campaign activities.

What should I do if I want to stand for election as an independent
If you plan to stand for election as an independent councillor contact
Democratic Services on 020 999 9999 or email:
and they will be pleased to give you more information.

For more details about this you can also visit

What does a councillor do?
In representing your local community you will need to attend meetings.
Some of these are held during the working day and so, if you are working,
you will need to arrange to take time off. The law says that employers must
give you reasonable time off work for this.

Many councillors also represent the council on one or more outside bodies.
For most of the meetings you attend there will be papers which you will need
to read beforehand.

The people you represent will look to you for help in dealing with their
problems, even if these do not involve the work of the council. You are likely
to receive a lot of post and many telephone calls – often at a time that suits
the caller, and not you!

How much of my time will it take?
You will be expected to attend full Council meetings which happen XX times a
year. You may also have local surgeries, or meeting, for you constituents to
come and talk to you. You might also want to become involved in checking,
or scrutinising, the decisions and policies of the council.

Representing the council on external and partnership groups and committees
will also take time. If you belong to a political party you may also be
expected to attend group meeting before or after council meetings too.

So, according to the commitments you make, it can vary from a few hours
each week to several hours each day – but it’s largely up to you.

View the calendar of council meetings or visit for
more about this

Is there support and training available?
As a new councillor you will be offered induction and training sessions. These
range from how the council operates to ensuring you have the computer and
technology skills to help you carry out your work as a councillor.

All councillors are supplied with a telephone, a personal computer or laptop
and a paid-for internet and email connection to help you carry out your
commitments and council business.

There are also council officers available to assist you should you need it.

Will I get paid for it?
There is a basic allowance of £XXXXX. More information about expenses and
allowances can be found on the page about Members' allowances.

Links to     Electoral Commission
             London Councils
             National Association of Local Councils

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