Becoming a councillor
Are you interested in representing local people and making a difference to local democracy? If so, read on and help shape the future of Caerphilly county borough.
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Criteria for becoming a councillor
To become a councillor of Caerphilly Council you must:
- be 18 years of age or over and on the electoral register of the local authority that you wish to stand for
- have worked in the area for the past 12 months or more
- have occupied land in the area, either as an owner or tenant, for 12 months or more.
To assess whether you fit the criteria to become a councillor, please refer to the Local Government Act 1972, which outlines the qualification details in full.
You cannot be a councillor if you:
- Work for Caerphilly County Borough Council; (this only applies to becoming a county borough councillors - not community councillors) or
- Hold a politically restricted post in another authority; or
- Are bankrupt; or
- Have served a prison sentence (including suspended sentences) of 3 months or more within the last 5 years; or
- Have been disqualified under legislation relating to illegal or corrupt practices
How do I become a councillor?
To become a councillor you must put yourself forward for election. Unless a casual vacancy arises within a ward, elections take place on the first Thursday in May once every four years.
To stand for election you must complete a nomination form. These forms are made available on the relevant upcoming elections page or can be requested by contacting electoral services.
To stand as a candidate you will need to provide:
- A nomination paper, signed by 10 registered electors of the ward in which they are to stand
- A certificate from the party's nominating officer, authorising your candidacy and use of the party's description and emblem
- Written consent to your nomination
All documents must be returned to
The Returning Officer
Caerphilly County Borough Council
If an election is contested (there are more nominations than seats available), a poll will then take place on a specified date.
Support provided to councillors
Councillors have access to a range of support to assist them in their role:
- Support and advice on any issue
- A home computer, providing access to relevant council systems including email
- Members induction programme
- Comprehensive training package
Payments to councillors
If you are thinking of seeking election to become a councillor, here are some facts on what payments you would be entitled to receive.
Payments to councillors (PDF)