Local (town and parish) councils are led by democratically elected councillors from the local community. Local councillors decide on what services and projects the council will deliver. As representatives of the first tier of local government and the closest to their communities, local councillors are best placed to engage with their residents and find out what the real local issues are and how to overcome them.
Local councils are encouraging residents who are passionate about their community to stand for election. 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.
There are currently 120,000 councillors serving on the 10,000 local councils in England.
Do you, or someone you know, have what it takes to be a local councillor? Contact your local council and stand for election now.
NALC and the Electoral Commission has produced materials and guidance for those looking to stand for election, and for local councils who are running election campaigns, which can be found below: