Becoming a councillor
How to become a councillor
When you decide you want to be a councillor, you need to put yourself forward as a candidate.
You can put yourself forward either to:
- represent a political party
- stand as an independent person
Candidates who represent political parties
If you want to represent a party, you need to let them know and get involved with their work as soon as possible. They will help you find out:
- more about the role
- what support they will give you
- who you will be working with
- how to win elections
Your political party will decide whether to select you as a candidate.
If you are an independent candidate you should start building your profile so people know who you are. You should also:
- work out your position on issues such as crime, traffic, the environment and schools
- understand how your own opinion is different from political parties
- prepare to be challenged on your opinions
For more information, go to the Local Government Association: Independent group.
How we help candidates
We provide information and briefings for people who want to stand as a candidates. This includes:
- filling in the forms
- election timetables
- important contact details
We only provide this support when we formally announce an election. Go to election dates.
Go to our pages on:
- reasons for becoming a councillor
- standing as a candidate
- nomination process to stand as a candidate
For more information on becoming a councillor, go to the Local Government Association: new councillor hub.