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Councillors play an important role. You will decide what is in the public interest amidst a range of conflicting issues and views. The main parts of a Councillor’s role are:
As Councillors, you are leaders of our communities and are therefore expected to show: selflessness, honesty, integrity, leadership, accountability, openness, stewardship and respect for others.
These principles will help you in your wide-ranging and demanding roles.
To qualify to stand for election as a Councillor you must be 18 or older when nominated and either:
Additionally, you must fulfil at least one of the following:
You are unable to stand as a Councillor if:
Local elections are currently held in Warrington on an all-out basis every four years, with all 58 Council seats up for re-election. The next election scheduled to take place is on Thursday 7 May 2020. When standing for election you will need to consider whether you wish to stand as an Independent candidate, or as a candidate for a registered political party.
To stand as a candidate you need to:
A briefing for prospective candidates will be held on Monday 16 March 2020 in the Gateway, Sankey Street, Warrington at 6.00pm
If you are interested in standing as a candidate for a political party and are not already a member of that party, you will need to contact them separately.
If you are standing as an independent candidate, the Local Government Association (LGA) independent group can offer support and general advice.
Each candidate must appoint an election agent, although you can choose to act as your own agent. Amongst other things, your agent sees that the election campaign is conducted in line with the law, deals with expenses and generally organises the campaign’s activities.
Candidates are entitled to attend the opening of postal votes, polling stations (on polling day) and the counting of the votes (known as the count).
Candidates can also appoint polling agents and counting agents who may work on their behalf on polling day and or at the count. Postal voting agents can also be appointed to attend the opening of postal votes.
Officers provide councillors with a range of support to help carry out duties. You will be provided with office equipment like a mobile phone, computer, iPad and stationery. Supporting officers are based in the West Annex of the Town Hall. During your term of office you will form effective relationships with these officers through your attendance at meetings and with day-to-day support and activities provided by them.
Induction sessions are planned for all councillors to help you understand how the council is structured and what your new duties will be. It will also offer the chance for you to meet key senior officers, who can help, support and advise you in your role as an elected representative. Returning councillors are also welcome to attend the induction to refresh their knowledge.
During your first few weeks as a councillor you will be invited to attend an informal interview with a senior officer to review skills, experience, personal goals and to agree areas for development. Throughout your term of office, you will be invited to take part in development opportunities tailored to your needs.
The councillor development forum, a cross party group of members, meet regularly to ensure the best support and development opportunities are provided for councillors.
If successful, you are elected for a four year term. You will be asked to accept the office of councillor and the chief executive will witness this process. Once this has been done, you will start your duties. You will be expected to attend some or all of the following as part of your role as councillor:
We also recommend you read the LGA's councillor’s guide.
Councillors don’t get paid as your work is voluntary. However, you do receive an allowance, which is reviewed annually. For councillors who work, employers are required to provide reasonable time off but there is currently no obligation for them to pay for that time off.
Each year all councillors receive a basic allowance of £8321.41 per annum (June 2019). The basic allowance recognises the time devoted to council business and is designed to cover general expenses.
Further allowances are available for councillors who need to pay for childcare and for councillors deemed responsible for arranging full time adult care for others.
Some councillors also receive a special responsibility allowance for undertaking additional duties, eg chairs of committees.