Each candidate must appoint an election agent, although you can choose to act as your own agent. Amongst other things, your agent sees that the election campaign is conducted in line with the law, deals with expenses and generally organises the campaign’s activities.
Polling Day (Election Day)
Candidates are entitled to attend the opening of postal votes, polling stations (on polling day) and the counting of the votes (known as the count).
Candidates can also appoint polling agents and counting agents who may work on their behalf on polling day and or at the count. Postal voting agents can also be appointed to attend the opening of postal votes.
Support for Councillors
Officers provide councillors with a range of support to help carry out duties. You will be provided with office equipment like a mobile phone, computer, iPad and stationery. Supporting officers are based in the West Annex of the Town Hall. During your term of office you will form effective relationships with these officers through your attendance at meetings and with day-to-day support and activities provided by them.
Induction sessions are planned for all councillors to help you understand how the council is structured and what your new duties will be. It will also offer the chance for you to meet key senior officers, who can help, support and advise you in your role as an elected representative. Returning councillors are also welcome to attend the induction to refresh their knowledge.
Training and development opportunities
During your first few weeks as a councillor you will be invited to attend an informal interview with a senior officer to review skills, experience, personal goals and to agree areas for development. Throughout your term of office, you will be invited to take part in development opportunities tailored to your needs.
The councillor development forum, a cross party group of members, meet regularly to ensure the best support and development opportunities are provided for councillors.
What to expect in your early days
If successful, you are elected for a four year term. You will be asked to accept the office of councillor and the chief executive will witness this process. Once this has been done, you will start your duties. You will be expected to attend some or all of the following as part of your role as councillor:
- council meetings
- neighbourhood meetings
- scrutiny/policy meetings
- meetings of any external bodies that you have been asked to serve on eg voluntary organisations or public bodies
We also recommend you read the LGA's councillor’s guide.