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Have you thought about becoming a councillor?

Become a councillor
  • Do you care passionately about your local community?
  • Is there something you want to change?
  • Are you ready to take challenging decisions?
  • Why not stand for what you care about and become a local councillor?

Councillors are elected by people in their community to represent them and make decisions on their behalf. Being a councillor is rewarding, challenging and enjoyable and you can change people’s lives for the better. Almost anyone can be a councillor, and it’s very important that a range of different people are elected to represent different communities.

Wales need more councillors who are under 40, female, disabled, LGBTQ+, Black or Asian or from other minority groups and from a range of beliefs, cultures and personal circumstances. 

In short, we are seeking more councillors who are as diverse as the communities they represent. Disabled candidates are also entitled to funding to help with any additional costs associated with their impairment, which could be a barrier to them standing as a councillor. 

You can be a candidate if you are:

  • over 18
  • on the electoral register
  • have lived, worked or owned a property in the county borough for at least the past 12 months.

You are not eligible or may be disqualified if:

  • you work for the council or hold a politically restricted post with another local authority.
  • declare bankruptcy or a previous criminal conviction with a three-month or more prison sentence.

Prospective candidates should seek their own legal advice if they are unsure that they are eligible to stand. 

The next local government elections are May 2022. Nomination packs will be available in early 2022. 

If you would like to register your interest, please contact our Electoral Services team. 

If you are thinking of standing as a candidate for a particular political party, then you should first get in touch with that party’s local organisation.

If you plan to stand for election as an independent councillor, contact us and we will be happy to provide you with more information.

Candidate sessions

The council is holding two potential candidate sessions aimed at residents in the county borough considering standing in the Local Government Elections in May 2022.

Each potential candidate event will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams starting at 6.30pm on 18 and 25 November 2021 and lasting for approximately one hour. 

The sessions will be in two parts:

  1. outlining information about the role of a councillor and the functions of the council
  2. explaining how to become a candidate and the process for being elected. 

Anyone interested in attending one of these sessions can e-mail: membersbcbc@bridgend.gov.uk indicating which session they would prefer to attend. You will then be sent a joining link nearer the date.

Find out more

You can find out more from the Electoral Commission - Process of becoming a councillor and standing as a candidate in a local government election (including disqualifications)

Tip: you can also learn more about becoming a councillor in Bridgend County Borough by attending one of our public committee meetings or speaking informally to one of our current councillors. 

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