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Becoming a councillor

How you can become a councillor and help influence decisions about local services

How to become a councillor

Every four years, an election is held in all borough wards. To see when the next election is scheduled, visit our upcoming elections page.

We have produced a booklet entitled 'Becoming a borough councillor' to assist prospective candidates who may wish to stand for election. This can be found at the bottom of the page.

More information is also available by visiting the Electoral Commission website.

Access to Elected Office Fund

In July 2012, the Government announced the launch of the Access to Elected Office Fund. The fund offers individual grants of between £250 and up to £40,000 (with an average value of about £4,000) to disabled people who want to be considered for selection as a candidate in, or are planning to stand for election to, the:

  • UK Parliament
  • English Local Government
  • Greater London Assembly
  • mayoral elections (England only)
  • Police and Crime Commissioner
  • English Parish and Town Councils

To apply for the fund or to find out more please visit the Access to Elected Office Fund website. You won't have to pay back the money you receive.

If you require any further information please contact us.


Any vacancies will appear in our upcoming elections page.