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The Local Authority Councillor Personal Profile

Eligibility to Stand for Election

You cannot stand for election as a local Councillor if:-

  • You are employed by the Borough Council
  • Are bankrupt
  • You have been given a prison sentence of 3 months or more (even if the sentence was suspended) in the last five years
  • You have been disqualified from standing by a court or tribunal

To stand for election as a local Councillor you must:-

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a British, Commonwealth or Irish citizen or citizen of another member state of the European Union
  • Be on the electoral roll for the Borough; or
  • For all of the last year you must have lived in the Borough or worked in the Borough in that time; or
  • Have occupied land or other premises in the Borough

As a local Councillor you should have a reasonable level of literacy, numeracy and able to attend evening meetings. It will be useful if you have the following knowledge, experience, skills and abilities.  However, there is training available for local Councillors if required.

  • Experience of dealing with a wide range of people
  • Experience of being part of a group
  • Experience of negotiating and compromising
  • Experience of being a member of a committee
  • Communication skills
  • Listening skills
  • Influencing and networking skills
  • Negotiating skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to speak in public
  • Understanding of accountability and controls
  • General political awareness
  • Knowledge of local government issues, structures and legal framework
  • Commitment to meeting the needs of the local community
  • Commitment to customer care and quality in service provision
  • Commitment to equal opportunities