How to become a councillor
The Good Councillor’s Guide provides a summary of the role and responsibilities of a Parish Councillor.
Who can be a councillor?
The easy answer is almost anyone, as long as you are:
- British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
- at least 18 years old
- registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election.
You can’t be a councillor if you:
- work for the council you want to be a councillor for
- are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
- have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the five years before election day
- have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court.
If you are in any doubt about whether you are eligible to stand as a councillor, you should contact the returning officer at East Staffs Borough Council for advice.
Please contact the clerk if you are interested in becoming a councillor.