If you care about your local community, enjoy talking to residents and are passionate about improving the local area from road resurfacing to better safeguarding of children, being a councillor could be for you.

If you are supportive of a political party google contact details for your local party association and let them know you are interested in standing for election. They’re generally very friendly and more than happy to have a young person on board. They will talk everything through with you and you will need to be selected to stand in a seat by them. Knocking on doors will be mandatory, it really isn’t as scary as you think!

The following websites and resources have further useful info covering the process and what will be expected of you:

Gov.uk: Become A Councillor

Be A Councillor

Operation Black Vote: Becoming A Councillor

Taking Power Back: Putting People in Charge of Politics

As increasing powers are decentralised from Westminster to local councils and mayors this book explores the merits of putting power into local people’s hands, including councillors’. The decentralisation revolution transfers problems to local people but empowers them to come up with the solution.

101 Ways To Wi101 waysn An Election

This is a useful book to navigate how to communicate successfully to the electorate from a grassroots level. Although a good read for any elected position it is a great introduction to local election tactics and gives practical examples. This book is for anyone interested in how politicians inspire followers.

Politico’localgovs Guide to Local Government

A brilliant overview of local government, including the roles of councillors and council officers. A full history of local councils is covered including their politicisation. If you were ever confused as to how councils worked and how councillors fit in this book will reveal all.

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