Final chance to stand in the upcoming local May elections

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If you are considering standing as a District Councillor and serving your community, there is limited time left for you to complete your nomination papers.

Councillors come from all walks of life: Different backgrounds, knowledge and experiences help to represent different views, and take a different approach.

You can represent the local community and work as part of a team of 60 elected councillors to make good decisions to provide services that respond to the needs of the community now and in the future.

What does the role of a councillor involve?

Councillors play an important part of ensuring their community's needs are met by making sure that the council aims to work closely with its communities to improve the quality of life for all its resident. Councillors give attention to a wide range of issues when making decisions, the environment, prosperity, equalities and social inclusion.

Councillors are likely to be involved in a wide variety of duties:

  • Preparing for and attending meetings
  • Speaking on behalf of the community
  • Public consultation and campaigning
  • Policy formulation
  • Liaising with council staff
  • Dealing with casework
  • Meeting individual residents
  • Representing the council at other meetings
  • Attending party group meetings
  • Looking at the services the council provides
  • Monitoring the performance of the council

If you have ever had concerns about the future of local services and felt that you could be a voice for your community in pursuing the public interest, then you should consider becoming a councillor.

How long am I a councillor?

The term of office is four years. At the end of this time you can retire or stand for re-election. You can choose to retire at any time.

How do I put forward my nomination to stand as a councillor?

If you want to stand as a candidate in an upcoming election taking place in South Somerset, you will find all the information you need on the Electoral Commission website. You will need to complete the relevant nomination papers and return them to the appropriate persons by the relevant deadline.

You must return your completed nomination papers by 4pm on Wednesday 3 April. The paperwork should be hand delivered to Returning Officer, South Somerset District Council, The Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT.

Once elected, what support will I get?

As a new councillor, you will undertake a programme introducing you to the workings of the council and provided with the skills and knowledge to lawfully and effectively conduct your councillor role.  A full development programme is provided for councillors throughout the term of office to reflect community needs, the priorities of the council and individual learning needs.

How do I learn more about becoming a councillor?

There is a wide range of information and resources about becoming a District Councillor available on our website at www.southsomerset.gov.uk/becomeacouncillor. You can also visit the Gov.uk website and beacouncillor.co.uk.

About the elections on Thursday 2 May

Elections will be held for the 60 District Council seats and 831 seats across the Town and Parish Councils of South Somerset on Thursday 2 May.

Full details of the upcoming election can be found on the South Somerset District Council website – www.southsomerset.gov.uk/elections.

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