ABOUT

Local council is a universal term for community, village, neighbourhood, parish and town councils. They are the first tier of local government and are statutory bodies. They serve communities and are elected by residents. They can raise their own precept (a form of council tax). There are 10,000 local councils in England made up of 100,000 councillors. Local councils have overall responsibility for the well-being of the community. Their work falls into three main categories; delivery of services, improving the quality of life, and giving communities a democratic voice.

A local councillor is a voice for their community and acts as community leaders who represent the interests of the communities they serve. Local councillors have three main responsibilities; decision-making, monitoring and getting involved locally.

NALC is encouraging residents who are passionate about their community to stand for election. Local councils are committed to the inclusion and recognition of all regardless of race, culture, ability, ethnicity or gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status.

Do you or someone you know, have what it takes to be a local councillor? Contact your local council and stand for election now.


LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2019

NALC has published a report on local council elections after undertaking the first national research of its kind.

The purpose of the report was to undertake extensive research and collect a pool of data that gives a better picture of the elections in 2019 that will help NALC shape future campaigns and create a range of resources to help local councils and county associations.

NALC is committed to supporting local councils, councillors and county associations to increase the numbers of candidates, raise the profile of councillors, delivery more local media coverage and to make the process simpler.

NALC collected data from local councils, councillors and county association across England over six months through a survey which had over 3,700 respondents. The data gathered explored behaviours, experiences, geography, size of councils and looked into who exactly is the average councillor.

Read the full Local council elections 2019 report


STANDING FOR ELECTION

Engaging with the community is vital when it comes to recruiting residents to stand in your local elections. NALC is encouraging all local councils to engage with as many residents from their community as possible. This will enhance local councils through the diversity of experiences, skills and knowledge, and will help local councils become representative of their communities. 

NALC has produced several resources for your local council to use to help residents stand for election, see below:


COUNCILLOR CRITERIA

To stand for election to a local council you must:

  • Be a UK or Commonwealth citizen; or be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or be a citizen of another Member State of the European Union.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be an elector of the local council, or in the past 12 months occupied land or other premises in the area the local council serves (as owner or tenant) or work in the area local council serves (as your principal or only place of work), or live within three miles of the local council boundary.
  • Local councils welcome and are committed to the inclusion and recognition of all regardless of race, culture, ability, ethnicity or gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status.

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