Town councillors are unpaid and represent local residents. The next election is May 2019.
You can send an email to any MP and find out about attendance and voting patterns and who represents you locally by visiting the website Theyworkforyou.com.
Role of a town councillor
A town councillor is elected by the voters who live in the ward in which they have chosen to stand. Town councillors have three main areas of work, which include:
- Decision-making – attending meetings and deciding what activities to support and how money should be spent.
- Monitoring – keeping an eye on what is going on to make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services, and
- Getting involved locally.
There is a legal requirement to attend a minimum number of meetings and to abide by a Members’ code of conduct.
The National Association of Local Councils publishes The Good Councillors Guide and a booklet for people who want to know more about the role of a councillor.