Council Vacancies

EVERSLEY PARISH COUNCIL CURRENTLY HAS 1  VACANCY FOR PARISH COUNCILLORS. 

 

PARISH COUNCILLORS – WHAT DO THEY DO? 

Councillors have three main areas of work:

  1. Decision-making: through attending meetings and committees with other elected members, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
  2. Monitoring: councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
  3. Getting involved locally: as local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. This often depends on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available.

The day-to-day work of a councillor may include:

  • going to meetings of local organisations such as tenants’ associations
  • going to meetings of bodies that affect the wider community, such as the police, the Highways Authority, schools and colleges
  • taking up issues on behalf of members of the public, such as making representations to the district or borough council
  • running a surgery for residents to bring up issues
  • meeting with individual residents in their own homes.

Could I be a parish or town councillor?

As a councillor you can become a voice for your community and affect real change.  Councillors are community leaders and represent the aspirations of the public that they serve. Parish and town councils are the most local part of our democratic system and are closest to the public.

How much time does it take up?

Quite often councillors say that their duties occupy them for about three hours a week.  Obviously there are some councillors who spend more time than this – and some less, but in the main, being a parish or town councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community and helping to make it a better place to live and work.

Am I qualified?

  • Most people are. However there are a few rules. You have to be:
  • a British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union, and
  • 18 years or older on the day you become nominated for election

You cannot stand for election if you:

  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order
  • have, within five years before the day of the election, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine
  • work for the council you want to become a councillor for.

There are specific rules around candidacy.  The full range of disqualifications for candidates is quite complex and some exceptions may apply. Full details can be found on the website of the National Association of Local Councils. http://www.nalc.gov.uk/

But I’m too young…

The age you can run as a candidate in an election has been lowered from 21 to 18 years of age.