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​​​Becoming a Councillor 


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. 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.

Becoming 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.

The next Scheduled Local Elections will take place the first Thursday in May 2019.


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.


Eligibility 
To stand for election as a councillor for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, you must:
  • Be 18 years old or over on the day of your nomination
  • Be a British citizen, an EU citizen, or a Commonwealth citizen
  •  Be registered to vote in and/or have either lived or worked in the Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council area for at least one year
Further information about the qualification and disqualification requirements is set out in the Electoral Commissions guidance.

Access to the Electoral Register 
Each candidate is entitled to a free copy of the electoral register and absent voter list for the ward they are contesting. You can choose to have this information in either data or paper format.

In law, the earliest date that a person can become a candidate is the date the Notice of Election is published and copies of the register will be available to candidates from this date.

In order to receive a free copy of the register you must complete and return a candidate​ register request form.




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Yorkshire TS10 1RT

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