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Notice of Uncontested Election

Elections in Shropshire last took place on 4th May 2017. 

Knockin Parish Council had  7 vacancies for councillors

Due to changes in the way Shropshire Council is seeking to run and fund local services it is really important that local people are involved in the decision making process. One of the best ways of ensuring that your views are represented is by standing as a Parish Councillor in the 2017 Elections.

Outlined below is some information about being a local councillor and how to stand for election.

 

Being a Local Councillor

Good Councillors Guide

    • A Councillor’s normal term of office is 4 years
    • Is the holder of a public office and not a volunteer
    • Can receive expenses for their role
    • The main job of a councillor is to participate in the collective decision making processes of the council
    • He/she has no authority to make decisions about council business on his/her own
    • A local council may arrange insurance cover to indemnity its councillors against liability resulting from them being representatives of the council
    • A councillor’s financial and certain other interests in council business must be transparent
    • He/she is subject to obligations set out in the Code of Conduct adopted by the council
    • Information about councillors is available in the council’s publication scheme
    • The first business of the council’s annual meeting is the election of its chairman
    • Most councils appoint a Vice Chairman but this is optional
    • The normal term of office for the Chairman is one year.

Who is eligible?

The law specifies that any person over the age of 18 who is a citizen of the United Kingdom, The European Community or the Commonwealth can be a councillor if they are an elector in, work in, live in or live within three miles of the area of the local council is eligible.  Certain circumstances will mean that an individual may be “disqualified” from standing; check with your council if unsure.

What will I do if I’m elected?

  • Attend council meetings
  • Raise matters that the council can consider and formally decide to take action about at meetings
  • Make informed contributions which influence the debate on the business that needs to be decided at those meetings
  • Participate in the Council’s decision making process, which in itself is subject to strict rules and guidelines
  • Represent the Council externally

Election Materials and Guides

SALC Webpage

http://www.alcshropshire.co.uk/elections

NALC Elections Webpage

http://www.nalc.gov.uk/our-work/elections

NALC ‘It Takes All Sorts” (information for prospective candidates)

http://www.nalc.gov.uk/publications

NALC ‘Whatever – Yeah! Local Councils and Youth Provision’

http://www.nalc.gov.uk/publications

NALC ‘Power to the People’

http://www.nalc.gov.uk/publications

“Be a Councillor” website

http://beacouncillor.co.uk/

‘Become a Councillor’ website

https://www.gov.uk/government/get-involved/take-part/become-a-councillor

Be a Councillor – Local Government Association

http://www.local.gov.uk/be-a-councillor

Electoral Commission “Candidates and agents at parish and community council elections in England and Wales

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-and-community-council-elections-in-england-and-wales