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 & Disqualifications [pdf] 46KB, you can learn more about the qualifications and nomination process.  


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?

The next planned local government elections will be for West Sussex County Council on 4 May 2017.  The next scheduled elections for the 23 wards on Arun District Council and the 25 Town and Parish Councils within the Arun District will be held in May 2019.  


Where can I get more information?

Visit the Electoral Commission's page for councillors.


Please contact:

Jackie Follis
Group Head of Policy
Arun District Council
Arun Civic Centre
Maltravers Road
West Sussex  BN17 5LF
Tel:     01903 737580