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Standing to be a Councillor:

How to become a Councillor

In order to stand for election, you need to be:

  • Aged at least 18

  • A British, Commonwealth or European Union Citizen

  • A local elector, or have lived, worked or owned property in the district for a year


Councillors are not paid a salary or wages but may be entitled to allowances and expenses for attending meetings or for taking on special responsibilities.

More information on becoming a Councillor

Read more on Tewkesbury Borough Council website:
The Be a Councillor website provides information for people living in England thinking about becoming councillors in their area

Role of the Councillor:

  • Participate constructively in the governance of the Parish.

  • Participate fully in the formation and scrutiny of the Council’s policies, budgets, strategies and service delivery.

  • Ensure, with other Councillors, that the Council is properly managed.

  • Keep up to date with developments affecting the Council at local, regional and national levels.

  • Promote the economic, social and environmental well-being of the Parish.

  • Effectively represent the interests of the ward (if applicable) for which the Councillor is elected and attend to parishioners enquiries, representations and complaints.

  • Represent the whole electorate, listen and represent the views of the community when discussing Council business and working with outside bodies.

  • Play an active role in the Council’s arrangements to build community involvement and promote measures that contribute to the Council’s vision.

  • Attend Parish Council meetings.

  • Prepare for meetings and are properly informed about the issues to be discussed.

  • Take part in meetings and form sound judgements based on what is best for the community and then abide by majority decisions.

  • Represent the Council on outside bodies and organisations to which the Councillor is appointed.

  • Maintain proper standards of behaviour as an elected representative.

  • Fulfil the statutory and locally determined requirements of an elected member of a Council, including compliance with all relevant codes of conduct and maintaining high ethical standards, (including not disclosing confidential information and not using Council resources for political purposes or for any other reason unless agreed by the Council)

  • No member of the Council may act alone, the Council acts as a body and ALL actions must first have the resolution of the Council

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