Standing for election and being a councillor
If you’re interested in representing your community, why not stand for election?
Standing for election gives you the chance to represent local people, to be a voice for your community, and to help make decisions that affect everyone across Mid Devon. It means participating in our great democracy and putting yourself forward to stand for election by the people, as a councillor representative of the people, to make decisions for the people.
Councillors have responsibility for how services are run for Mid Devon residents including planning, housing, environmental health, refuse and recycling, sports and recreation, housing benefits and parking.
Councillors are ordinary people from the district who have been elected to represent one of 24 wards for a term of four years. Depending on its size, each ward has one, two or three councillors to act as a bridge between the public and the Council.
What is expected of a councillor?
The councillor’s role and responsibilities include:
- Representing the ward for which you are elected
- Attending council committee meetings (new councillors are likely to be on one or more committees - full training and on-going support is provided)
- Answering letters, emails and phone calls from constituents
- Meeting with council staff, usually during the working day
- Councillors may choose to hold regular drop-in surgeries for residents
Do I know enough to be a councillor?
You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to become a councillor.
Full training and support is provided.
How much of my time will it take up and will I be paid?
The amount of time taken up with council business depends on the commitments you take on, but can be anything from a few hours a week to several hours a day. If this will affect your job, you should discuss it with your employer before making a decision.
Councillors receive an annual allowance (currently £5,012), plus travel and subsistence costs. Councillors who hold certain positions (e.g. a portfolio holder or chairman) receive an additional allowance to reflect the extra commitments.
Do I have to stand for a political group?
No. You can stand as an independent councillor. You just need 10 registered electors from the ward you propose to represent to sign your nomination paper. There is no deposit required to stand in local elections.
If you wish to stand for a political party, please contact the party directly.
How long will I be a councillor for?
Four years, unless you resign before the end of that period.
What support will I get?
All new councillors are expected to attend an induction programme. Training is continuous and covers a variety of relevant topics.
The Member Services Team is available to assist councillors, for example to give advice about council procedures, problems in your ward or just general questions regarding who does what.
Who can be a councillor?
- British citizens, EU and Commonwealth citizens
- If you are at least 18 years old
- If you are registered to vote in Mid Devon or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before the election
If you are in any doubt about whether you are eligible to stand as a councillor, you should contact the Electoral Services for advice.
To find out more...
Come along to one of prospective councillor events being held at the following locations:
|6.00pm Monday, 28 January 2019||Boniface Centre, Crediton|
|6.00pm Monday, 4 February 2019||Cullompton Community Centre, Cullompton|
|6.00pm Tuesday, 12 February 2019||Phoenix House, Tiverton|
For information about the work of the council, meetings and procedures contact:
Member Services Manager
Tel: 01884 234229
For information about the election process and how to stand as a candidate contact:
Electoral Services Manager
Tel: 01884 234214
For a candidate nomination pack please contact:
Tel: 01884 234255
Candidate nominations must be delivered to:
The Returning Officer
Nominations are open from 18 March until 3 April 2019