WHAT DO LOCAL COUNCILS DO?
Your local council has overall responsibility for the wellbeing of your local community. Their work falls into three main categories:
- Delivery of services;
- Improve quality of life for residents;
- Give communities a democratic voice.
BECOMING A LOCAL COUNCILLOR
As a local councillor you can become a voice for your community and make real change. Councillors are community leaders and represent the interests of the communities they serve.
Local councillors have three main responsibilities:
- Getting involved locally.
To stand for election to a local council you must be:
- A UK or Commonwealth citizen; or be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or be a citizen of another Member State of the European Union;
- At least 18 years old;
- An elector of the local council; or in the past 12 months occupied land or other premises in the area the local council serves (as owner or tenant); or work in the area local council serves (as your principal or only place of work); or live within three miles of the local council boundary.