Good Councillors Guide - 4th edition
- "Good Councillors Guide" - 4th Edition (PDF, 1.7 Mb)
The 4th edition of the National Training Strategy publication "Being a good councillor – Essential guidance for parish and town councillors" was published in June 2013.
This revised edition is a welcome and much needed resource primarily for new councillors but also for those thinking about becoming a local councillor.
It takes all sorts
- It takes all sorts - 2nd edition (PDF, 5.2 Mb)
This booklet, developed by the National Association of Local Councils in conjunction with the Be A Councillor campaign, highlights the experiences of just a few of the many councillors on local councils and serves to show how rewarding representing your community can be. This (second) edition contains six new local councillor case studies. Each councillor gives their reasons for becoming a local councillor in the first place, what motivates them to remain in their community role and what they want to achieve as local councillors in the future.
Power to the People - What are Local Councils?
- Power to the People - What are Local Councils (PDF, 1018 Kb)
Parish, town, community, neighbourhood and village councils are often referred to as local councils. They are a type of local authority.
Like other types of local authorities, local councils are involved in delivery of services and facilities for the public.
There are over 9,000 local councils in England. A local council enjoys a wide range of statutory powers related to the provision or support of certain services or facilities which generally benefit the residents who live in its area.
Local councils need active, interested and committed people to become councillors and get involved in their work.
This section briefly explains:
• how local councils fit into the structure of local government
• what a local council is
• examples of local council activities
• different sizes, different priorities
• the role of a local councillor
• how local councils make a difference
Electoral Commission - Guidance for candidates
- LGEW - Overview for Candidates (PDF, 127 Kb)
LGEW - Overview for candidates
- Part 1 - Can you stand for election? (PDF, 139 Kb)
Part 1 - Can you stand for election?
- Part 2 a - Standing as an independant candidate (PDF, 262 Kb)
Part 2a - Standing as an independant candidate
- Part 2 b - Standing as a party candidate (PDF, 271 Kb)
Part 2 b - Standing as a party candidate
- Part 3 - Candidate spending (PDF, 253 Kb)
Part 3 - Candidate spending
- Part 4 - The campaign (PDF, 203 Kb)
Part 4 - The campaign
- Part 5 - Your right to attend key electoral events (PDF, 229 Kb)
Part 5 - Your right to attend key electoral events
- Part 6 - After the declaration of results (PDF, 124 Kb)
Part 6 - After the declaration of results
Election poster templates (NEW 09/01/15)
NALC Elections Legal Topic Note (NEW 27/01/15)
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NALC Legal Topic Note 8 - Elections has been updated. The updated LTN 8 confirms the following:
• The key times and dates for candidates between notice of a local election and elections (see para 14 of the updated LTN), following amendments to Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules 2006 introduced by the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Rules 2014.
• The Electoral Commission's guidance for candidates in relation to the method of delivery for nomination paper and consent to nomination form (see para 19 of the updated LTN).
• The new upper limit in relation to candidate expenditure permitted by s. 76(2) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 (see para 20 of the updated LTN).