Be a councillor
The website Be a Councillor Website (link on the right hand side) provides useful information for people living in England thinking about becoming Councillors in their area. We've also provided some useful information about our own Councillors below.
Tendring has sixty Councillors from different political groups. The job of a Councillor is interesting, takes commitment, involvement in the community and is a stepping stone for a career in politics. Tendring District Council's next election is scheduled for May 2015.
Do I need any qualifications?
The only qualifications you need are an interest in your local community and their community issues.
Do I have the time?
This depends on your Councillor role. All members will be expected to attend full Council meetings which are approximately every 6-8 weeks. Please find a link to the decisions and calendar of meetings on the top right hand side. You may be required to attend further meetings if you are elected to a Committee.
How much will I be paid?
There is a member allowance system; this varies from Council to Council ours is available on the top right hand side.
Are you Interested?
To be eligible you must be:
- A British Subject or a citizen of the Irish Republic or the EU and resident in the UK.
- At least 18 years of age on the day you are nominated.
- Either on the Electoral Register for the Council area in which you are seeking election, or have lived or worked in that Council area for at least the last 12 months.
Who to Contact?
For information please visit the Be a Councillor website or Electoral Commission website (both on top right hand side under useful links).
You may also like to contact your local parties - you do not need to join a political party to become a Councillor but many people do.
See also our frequency asked questions about being a councillor.