Everything you wanted to know about being a councillor

Are you interested in representing your community? Do you think you could help make a difference? Have you ever thought about standing to be a councillor?

If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, come along to the ‘Be a councillor’ event on Monday 21 January, from 7.30pm at the Uttlesford District Council Offices in London Road, Saffron Walden.

The special information event is aimed at prospective candidates for the district and parish local government elections on 2 May.

The event is an opportunity for anyone considering standing as a candidate to find more about what it means to be a local councillor. Senior officers will be on hand to speak about the functions of the District Council and let prospective candidates know about the responsibilities of the role if elected. You can ask questions and get advice on what to do next.

No political experience is necessary, nor are any formal qualifications other than meeting the criteria to be eligible to stand as a candidate.

There is no pressure on the evening to say whether or not you wish to stand – it is purely an information event.

To register your attendance or for more information, contact Electoral Services on 01799 510510 or email elections@uttlesford.gov.uk

Further information about being a local councillor is available from the Local Government Association via https://beacouncillor.co.uk/. The website includes a step-by-step guide, e-learning module and case studies from existing councillors.

Guidance is also available from the Electoral Commission on what a candidate needs to do and how the election process works – visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk.

For more information about the local elections, visit www.uttlesford.gov.uk/elections.