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How to become a Councillor

Find out how to become a District or Parish Councillor in Calderdale.

This page lets you know what is needed to become a Local or Parish Councillor.

Local Councillors

To become a Local Councillor for your area, you will have to stand as a candidate at the local elections. These are held three years out of every four, in May.

Are you interested in taking a key role in the life of your community, but not sure what it involves? For more about this, please visit: Be a Councillor.

Qualifications

To qualify as an election candidate, you must be:

  • 18 years or older on the day of nomination and either:
    • A British citizen;
    • or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland;
    • or a Commonwealth citizen;
    • or a citizen of another member state of the European Union.

A prospective candidate must meet one of four qualifications:

  • Be a registered elector for the Local Authority area;
  • or, for the whole of the previous 12 months have:
    • Lived in that area.
    • Occupied, as owner or tenant, any land or premises in that area.
    • For that 12 months, have had their principal or only place of work in that area.

Details of what can stop a person from standing as candidate are on the nomination forms.

Paperwork

Any person who wants to stand as a candidate must complete this paperwork:

  • Nomination Paper.
  • Consent to Nomination.
  • Appointment of Election Agent (optional).
  • Also, if you are a candidate for a registered political party you will also need to submit:
    • Certificate of Authorisation.
    • Request to use the Party Emblem.

If you want a set of nomination papers:

After the election you or your election agent (if you have appointed one) must submit to the Returning Officer:

  • A return that shows your election expenses.
  • A declaration of your election expenses.
  • A declaration by your election agent (if appointed) as to your election expenses.

The return must be submitted within 35 days from when the result of the poll is declared. These must be submitted at the same time or within seven days from the date that the return is submitted.

By law, the Returning Officer must make the return and declaration(s) available for public inspection. This will be for a period of two years from the date of submission.

For more guidance, please visit: Electoral Commission: Parties, agents and candidates.

Parish/Town Councillor

To become a Parish or Town Councillor for your area you need to stand as a candidate at elections. These are usually held every four years in May.

Qualifications

To qualify as a candidate, a person must be:

  • At least 18 years old on the day of nomination;
  • and either:
    • a British citizen;
    • or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland;
    • or a Commonwealth citizen;
    • or a citizen of another member state of the European Union.

A prospective candidate must also meet one of four qualifications:

  • Be a registered elector for the area of Town or Parish;
  • or for the whole of the previous 12 months have:
    • lived in, or within 4.8 kilometres (3 miles) of, that area;
    • or occupied, as owner or tenant, any land or premises in that area;
    • or for that 12 months, have had their principal or only place of work in that area.

Details of what can stop a person from standing as candidate are on the nomination forms.

Paperwork

Any person who wants to stand as a candidate must complete this paperwork:

  • Nomination Paper.
  • Consent to Nomination.

If you are a candidate for a registered political party, you will also need to submit:

  • A Certificate of Authorisation;
  • and a Request to use the Party Emblem.

If you want a set of nomination papers:

After the election, you must submit to the Returning Officer:

  • A return showing your election expenses;
  • and a declaration as to your election expenses.

These must be submitted within 28 days from when the result of poll is declared.

By law, the Returning Officer must make the return and declaration available for public inspection. This will be for a period of two years from the date of submission.

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