March 2019

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Published on 22 March 2019

Could you be a councillor?

Aspiring councillors are encouraged to make sure they are officially nominated as the local election date of Thursday 2 May draws nearer.

With little more than six weeks until voters go to the polls, people who think they fit the bill are encouraged to submit their nomination forms before the deadline of 4pm, Wednesday 3 April.

The 2019 local elections will be held on new boundaries and Teignbridge voters will be electing 47 councillors to 24 district wards. In the towns and parishes there will be a total of 409 seats to fill in 57 electoral areas.

Councillors play a key role in local democracy: they are the voice for their communities and help shape public services for the benefit of the people they serve.

District councillors have three main areas of responsibility: representing the people in their area, community leadership, and formulating strategy and policy.

Phil Shears, Managing Director of Teignbridge District Council, said:

“Being a Teignbridge councillor is a unique, privileged and extremely rewarding experience which involves hard work and commitment. You’ll be in touch with a wide range of people on a variety of different matters and contribute to the development of policy and strategy, including setting the council’s annual budget.

“There are many opportunities and challenges facing local government and Teignbridge is no different. But it’s also exciting and offers the chance to make a real difference to the quality of life for people in our area and shape the district’s economic future. We’d encourage anyone thinking of standing to submit their nomination forms or visit our website for more information.”

All councillors are expected to represent the interests of the community, businesses and residents in their ward as well as adhere to certain rules, regulations and standards of conduct.

The role can be quite demanding as it involves attending meetings, investigating local concerns, speaking with partners, the public and the media and playing a proactive role in their community. People will need to balance the needs of their ward, residents and voters, groups and organisations, the council and political party (if they belong to one).

Interested? It’s easy to get involved. Firstly people need to submit a nomination paper to the Returning Officer signed by a number of people or supporters.

For the district council, it’s 10 supporters and for town and parish councils it’s two. Anyone who agrees to support a candidacy must be willing to sign the nomination form and be registered electors who are entitled to vote for that person.

Nomination packs are available now. Contact electoralservices@teignbridge.gov.uk with a full name and home address.

Teignbridge will provide an induction course, training and ongoing support for councillors to familiarise people with the role, how the council works and the legal framework it operates within. All councillors are entitled to claim a basic allowance, plus reimbursements for travel, subsistence and/or dependant's carers.

Find out more information at www.teignbridge.gov.uk/beacouncillor19