National Association of Local Councils (NALC) calls for new faces to stand for 2015 Election.
NALC has kicked off its campaign to get more people to stand for election as councillors for town and parish councils in May 2015, urging a new generation of neighbourhood leaders to step forward and make a difference to towns and villages across the country.
Tens of thousands of seats on England's most local level of Government – parish, town and community councils – are up for grabs on the same day as the General Election on 7 May 2015, and NALC wants parishes to improve democratic mandate with an increase in the number of contested elections.
Cllr Ken Browse, Chairman of NALC said: "People care about where they live. Whether it's facilities and activities for young people, the state of local parks or open spaces, support to local groups, protecting community assets like buildings or pubs, or events that bring people together.
"Whatever needs tackling or improving locally, becoming a parish or town councillor gives people the opportunity to change things.
"As one of 80,000 parish and town councillors myself, I'm lucky to be able to make such a huge difference to the quality of life for people in my area. But the great work councillors do often isn't reported by the media, so it's no surprise people aren't queuing up to get involved.
"This needs to change and next year's parish elections are a golden opportunity to encourage more people, especially younger people, to become councillors."
NALC has set up an online Elections Hub for its member councils and the county associations across the country to access information and resources to run their own election campaigns.