This page gives information on the role of a Councillor and how to become one.
A Councillor is someone who is elected by local people to represent the residents of an area. This can be at parish or district level. When elected, the term of office is four years, unless a Councillor is elected at a by-election. The Councillor will then serve for the remaining period of the term of office.
The Council has developed role profiles for a District Councillor and a Town or Parish Councillor which give an indication of what the roles entail.
All District Councillors currently receive a basic allowance of £6,192 per annum (which is taxable income) with additional payments if they have additional responsibilities such as the Chair of a committee. Travel allowances are also payable in many circumstances. Parish/Town Councillors do not receive a basic or travelling allowance.
People become Councillors for a variety of reasons. Some want to "give something back" and, in their view, undertake public service. Others want to further their interest in politics. Many just want to represent local people and try to influence decisions affecting their area.
We have produced a document entitled "Why not consider being a District Councillor", which gives more detail about becoming one.
The Warwickshire Association of Local Councils (WALC) has also produced information that gives details about being a Parish or Town Councillor. This document is in the form of FAQs and is available here.
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has also produced some guidance on it's website.
Elections are taking place on Thursday 4 May 2023. They involve Stratford-on-Avon District Council, which will now have 41 Councillors (an increase of 5 following a recent a recent Electoral Review), and all Parish and Town Councils in the area. There are currently 81 Town and Parish Councils. The number of Parish Councillors for each parish varies from five to 18 depending on their population size.
The elections office of Stratford-on-Avon District Council manages all local and national elections in the Stratford area. A Notice of Election will be published at the Council Offices (and in each parish) and on the Council's website telling you where and when to apply to be a candidate. For May elections the notice will usually be put up in the middle of March.
To become a candidate you must:
You don't need to be a member of a political party to be a Councillor. Anyone can stand as an independent candidate. In Parish and Town councils it is rare for candidates to stand as party candidates. For District Councils, most Councillors stand as party candidates (but you do not have to). To stand as a party candidate you must have a certificate from the political party nominating officer confirming that you are their candidate.
Contact details for local political parties are:
Conservative Party - Edward Fitter - firstname.lastname@example.org
Labour Party - Alistair Nealon - email@example.com
Liberal Democrats - Richard Vos - firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Party - Duncan Parker - email@example.com
By standing for election and letting electors know who you are and what you stand for, you are helping local democracy by giving voters a choice. If you get elected, you will know that you have the support of people who voted for you. However, it should be noted that, if elected, you represent all people in your area, even though some may not have voted for you.
If you are thinking of standing as a political party representative, you must contact the local branch of that party as soon as possible as they may be in the process of selecting candidates. If you are standing as an independent, you do not have to do anything until nearer the time when the Notice of Election is published.
A Prospective Councillor Event for District Councillors took take place at 6pm on Monday 7th November 2022 in the Council Chamber at the Stratford-on-Avon District Council Offices. If you want a copy of the information given out at this event, please email David Dalby, Interim Electoral Services Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 01789 260228.
The Warwickshire Association of Local Councils (WALC) has produced information on how to become a Parish Councillor.
Prospective Councillor Events are being organised for those who are considering being Parish Councillors. These events are free and open to any member of the public considering standing for election as a Parish Councillor. It will be explained how to become a Councillor; what is expected of you and why it can be very rewarding.
Details of the Prospective Councillor events for parish councillors are available on the WALC website. The first event takes place at the Council Chamber in the Stratford DC Offices on 26 January 2023 at 6pm and the second at The Grange Hall, Southam on 30 January 2023 at 6pm. Anyone thinking of being a Town or Parish Councillor is welcome to attend.