Would-be councillors can find out more about role


    People across Stafford Borough are being encouraged to think about becoming a councillor.

    Elections are being held this May for all 40 seats on Stafford Borough Council as well as for a number of Parish Councils across the area.  

    Now Stafford Borough Council has organised free briefing sessions for potential candidates next month (February).
    Tim Clegg, the Chief Executive of the Borough Council, who is in charge of running the elections, said it was an opportunity for residents to make a difference in their community.

    “Becoming a councillor is one of the ways people can do something positive for their community. They are the eyes and ears of their ward, village or town and will contribute to making decisions on issues affecting residents in their area.

    “Our councillors are from all walks of life - and it is their life experiences from education, work, leisure activities and so much more which helps our councillors represent their community and make the borough a great place to live, work and visit.”

    He added: “I would encourage anyone considering standing for this important role to get in touch with us and come along to our sessions to find out more.”

    You have to be over 18 years old to be a councillor. It is not a paid job but you will receive an allowance which is currently £4635. 

    The briefing session for prospective borough councillors is at 6.30pm on Tuesday 5 February. And for potential parish council candidates it is Wednesday 6 February. Both events are at the Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford.

    The borough and parish council elections will be held on Thursday 2 May.

    Contact elections@staffordbc.gov.uk or on 01785 619424 for more details.
    Further information about being a councillor can be found at www.beacouncillor.co.uk with guidance for prospective candidates at www.electoralcommission.org.uk

    Press Release 5501

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