Elections 2019

Fancy helping your community keep your community a great place to live and work? Then why not join the Parish Council.

Elections

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Elections - why not join BGPC

Do something positive, become a Parish Councillor

In May, there will be elections for both Parish and District Councils. If you are interested in becoming a councillor, the best ‘job’ description is one that a Parish Council in Northamptonshire uses;

As a councillor representing your community you will keep it a great place to live and work. You will be supported in your role and will be expected to undertake training. You should also be comfortable working electronically. You should have a positive outlook, a can-do attitude and be willing to work as a team.

If you fit the above job spec, then the role of being a councillor may be perfect for you. BGPC meet ten times per year and meetings are limited to two hours, with the opportunity to contribute in areas that interest you.

These elections take place every four years and if you would like an application pack, please call the Parish Office or the WLDC Elections Office on 01427 676576, please note that the deadline for applications is Wednesday 3rd April at 4pm!

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Want to know more about the role?

Do you care about where you live? Are you passionate about your community? If so, you could make a great local councillor. Stand for election and make a local change.

WHAT IS A LOCAL COUNCIL?

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 and 120,000 councillors who serve on these local councils.

WHAT DO LOCAL COUNCILS DO?

Your local council has overall responsibility for the well-being of your local community. Their work falls into three main categories:

Delivery of services

Improve the quality of life for residents

Give communities a democratic voice BECOMING A LOCAL COUNCILLOR

As a local councillor, you can become a voice for your community and make a real change. Local councillors are community leaders and represent the interests of the communities they serve.

Local councillors have three main responsibilities:

Decision-making

Monitoring

Getting involved locally GETTING ELECTED

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. FIND OUT MORE