Becoming a Councillor - Common questions about the role

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 offices should not 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.

How much will I be 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 contained within the Council's Constitution.

What should I do if I am 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 us.

Information on the role of a District Councillor

If you are thinking of becoming a District Councillor this information may help you to understand the role and what will be expected of you if you are elected.



Last Updated on Tuesday, June 30, 2020