It might be the state of the nation, but then again it might be the state of a local park, community centre, school or service for older people that is making you think that things around your way need to change. And you might be the person to do it.
Ever thought of becoming a local Councillor? Perhaps you’re already involved in local affairs and want to take the next step? Or perhaps you just like the idea of doing something to help your local community. You could be the new talent that your local council is so keen to find. You could be the future for the country, or at least your local area.
There are roughly 20,000 elected Councillors in England. Each representing their local community, all with their own reason for doing so. You could be one of them; especially if you are one of the people under-represented on your local council – maybe you are under 45, a woman, or come from one of England’s many ethnic communities?
Unlike the General Election, local elections are known in advance. In many parts of the country there are elections every year from 2010 until 2013. With many council elections less than a year away, now is the time for you to find out what’s involved in being a Councillor and if it is the right move for you. as a result of local government re-organisation in County Durham Parish council elections may not take place until 2013, depending on the current Boundary Commission review.
We particularly want to promote the engagement in public life or other activity’s of those persons who by reason of age, disability, gender assignment, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation participation is normally disproportionately low.
What do Councillors Do?
Councillors are people who are elected to the local council to represent their local community. They must either live or work in the area. Becoming a Councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. You will be in a position to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects. However, being an effective Councillor requires both commitment and hard work.Every day, Councillors have to balance the needs and interests of residents, their political party (if any) and the council. These will all make legitimate demands on a Councillor’s time – on top of the demands and needs of a Councillor’s personal and professional lives. Your role as a Councillor often depends on your experience and commitment. Before you consider becoming a Councillor you may want to discuss it with your family and friends to ensure that they understand that you will need their support and understanding. You may be spending a lot of your spare time on council business.
Want to find out more?
Check out the Be a Councillor Campaign by the the Local Government Association. Also, view the following leaflet prepared by the National Association of Local Councils:
Alternatively take a look at the Be a Councillor website which gives general information about becoming a Councillor for council’s such as Durham County Council.
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