You must be nominated to stand as a candidate.

What a councillor does

The aim of a local councillor is to make their local area a better place to live and work.

The role of a councillor is valuable to local communities and has a broad range of responsibilities. A large part of a councillor role is the work they do at neighbourhood level, bringing together individuals and agencies in their ward, from the public, private and voluntary community sectors.

Acting as community leaders to encourage participation in local life, a ward councillor can gather people's views and represent these at council meetings, as a way of ensuring that service providers are accountable to service users, in delivering quality and value for money.

More about being a councillor:

What is in a candidate nomination pack

The pack includes:

  • your nomination papers
  • information about the election, including deadlines, nomination submission rules and a timetable of key events.

Submit your nomination papers

The dates and times when you can submit your papers each day are given in the nomination pack.

Attend a briefing session

A candidates' briefing session takes place after the close of nominations.

At the session the Returning Officer, Electoral Services Manager and the Police share guidance and information about a range of matters including:

  • polling stations
  • postal vote opening and checking procedures
  • verification and count processes
  • integrity and security of the election.