Role of a Councillor

Councillors are elected to the local council to represent their local community, so they must either live or work in the area. Becoming a councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. They are in a position to make a difference to the quality of other people's daily lives and prospects.

A councillor's role and responsibilities include:
  • representing the ward for which they are elected
  • decision-making
  • developing and reviewing council policy
  • scrutinising decisions taken by the councillors on the Executive or Cabinet
  • regulatory, quasi-judicial and statutory duties
  • community leadership and engagement
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is split into 22 wards, making 59 councillors in total. Councillors are elected in local elections, which are held every 4 years.

If you are interested in standing for election as a Councillor, please read the councillor nomination requirements, which includes eligibility and a downloadable nomination pack. Guidance for prospective candidates and agents is published by the Electoral Commission.

If you want to stand as a candidate for a political party, please get in touch with your local branch of that party.

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