STONY STRATFORD TOWN COUNCIL JOINS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO URGE RESIDENTS TO MAKE A CHANGE AND BECOME A COUNCILLOR
Stony Stratford Town Council is taking part in a national campaign to encourage residents in England to stand in the 2021 local elections.
The aim of the ‘Make A Change’ campaign is to call on people – especially those undiscovered community heroes – who are passionate about our local area to put themselves forward to be elected to sit on a local (parish and town) council as a councillor. The campaign will run from Weds 24th March to Wednesday 7th April 2021. To see further details please click here.
ELECTIONS 2021: MAKE A CHANGE BECOME A COUNCILLOR
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is calling on all community heroes to step up and become a local (parish and town) councillor at the 2021 elections.
What do councillors do?
Local councillors are the champions of their community who invest time in local projects and issues to the benefit of residents and the neighbourhood. Councillors attend to local needs of residents, local groups and businesses, make decisions on local services, collaborate with district and borough councils to adhere to local needs, and progress vital projects to invest in the future of the community.
What do councils do?
Councils lead on community services such as allotments, footpaths, public seating and litter bins, but also larger projects such as the running of local transport, leisure services, youth services and climate change initiatives. These activities are funded by a local tax, called a precept which is determined by the council.
How long does it take?
NALC's Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work. Council work often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking to local groups and bodies on behalf of the council.
Can I stand for election?
You must be:
• A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union
• 18 years of age or older
• Live in an area that is served by a local council
What will I do if elected?
• Raise matters that the Council can consider and formally decide to take action about at meetings
• Attend Council meetings
• Make informed contributions which influence the debate on the business that needs to be decided at those meetings
• Participate in the Council’s decision making process, which in itself is subject to strict rules and guidelines
• Represent the Council externally
• A Councillor’s normal term of office is 4 years
• He/She is the holder of a Public Office and not a volunteer
• They can receive expenses for their role
• The main job of a councillor is to participate in the collective decision making processes of the Council
• He/She has no authority to make decisions about Council business on their own.
• A Local Council may arrange insurance cover to indemnity its councillors against liability resulting from them being representatives of the Council
• A councillor’s financial and certain other interests in Council business must be transparent
• He/she is subject to obligations set out in the Code of Conduct adopted by the Council
• Information about councillors is available in the Council’s publication scheme
• The first business of the Council’s annual meeting is the election of its Chairman
• Most Councils appoint a Vice Chairman, but this is optional
• The normal term of office for the Chairman and Vice Chair is one year.
So, what are you waiting for?
Advice is always available regarding becoming a councillor. Contact your local council today to find out more!
For further information, please contact: Lynne Compton, Town Clerk
Telephone: 01908 566726
visit www.nalc.gov.uk/elections to find out more.
To see a copy of the Guidance for candidates from the Electoral Commission please click here.
To view the Nomination Pack for Parish Council Elections please click here.
To view useful information from Milton Keynes Council on 2021 elections including key dates please click here.