How to Become a Councillor
Why become a councillor?
Being a councillor gives you the chance to have your say on the local issues which really matter to you in the place where you live or work. It's a rewarding job which allows flexibility to carry out your important council duties around your existing commitments, such as a full time job or childcare. Most people are eligible to stand for election and, by reading How to be a Councillor - Qualifications and Disqualifications [pdf] 114KB , you can learn more about the qualifications and nomination process.
For more information please visit the government website https://beacouncillor.co.uk/
Do I have to be a member of a political party?
No. While most candidates are members of political parties, many choose to stand as independent candidates.
What does a councillor do?
Councillors are elected to represent the interests of local residents and businesses. The role of a councillor is varied and interesting, involving decision making and working alongside the public. Here is some more information about the role itself:
Roles and responsibilities include:
- Decision making.
- Attending meetings and committees.
- Policy review and development, including scrutiny
- Formulating reports and recommendations.
- Working with the local community including individuals, organisations and other councils.
As well as the opportunity to improve their local community, Arun District Councillors receive:
- training through an initial induction programme and then ongoing throughout the 4 year term of office
- a basic allowance of £5166 plus travelling expenses
- advice and guidance from Council officers
- some IT support
When are the next elections?
Where can I get more information?
Visit the Electoral Commission's page for councillors.
Group Head of Policy
Arun District Council
Arun Civic Centre
West Sussex BN17 5LF
Tel: 01903 737580