Be a councillor

Make a difference in your community

Becoming a councillor is both a rewarding and worthwhile form of public service. Councils and their councillors have the responsibility for the running of most local services in their areas such as education, social services, housing and regeneration, waste collection and recycling along with roads and street lighting.

Councils also play a pivotal role in ensuring the health, safety and well-being of residents by working closely with key partners such as the police and health services.

Becoming a councillor

To become a councillor you will need to stand for election.

The borough has 48 councillors, each elected by and representing a ward. There are 16 wards and three councillors for each ward.

The next local elections will take place on Thursday 3 May 2018.  By-elections can be held with just five weeks notice.

What does it cost?

No deposit is payable to stand as a candidate in local council elections. However you need to keep careful records of all expenditure on your campaign, as these have to be accounted for at the end of the process.