Become a Salisbury City Councillor - 2021
The window for nominations for the May 2021 elections has now closed. Please see below for information on how to become a councillor in future elections.
Do you want to make a change in the place you live or work in? Do you want to use your skills to help build and transform a community? Are you concerned about certain issues in your area, understand the views of the local residents in that ward and want to be part of the solution to solve that problem? Then becoming a councillor is for you.
Being a councillor for your local community is both rewarding, enriching and a great privilege. As a councillor, you are at forefront of caring for and representing your community and making sure their views are listened too. There are roughly 20,000 local councillors in England and 24 in Salisbury standing up to make a change in their community, improving local services and making a difference to the quality of your local daily lives.
Councillors are elected to represent a geographical area of the council, known as a ward. They will generally be elected by the public every four years. They can be a representative of a political party, a local pressure group or completely independent.
Through meetings and committees, councillors make decisions on local matters or activities and how money should be spent. Councillors instruct council officers to implement their decisions and monitor the delivery of services for efficiency and value. Councillors represent their ward and have a responsibility towards their constituents and local organisations. As a councillor, you will get involved with groups such as tenants' associations and pressure groups. Councillors will canvas for local opinion and take up issues on behalf of their constituents.
To help you find out more on how to become a councillor, Salisbury City Council has some helpful guides and links for you below.
For further information on Becoming a Councillor why not take a look at the following websites:
The National Association of Local Councils - https://www.nalc.gov.uk/elections
The Electoral Commission has also produced a set of guides about the processes and forms to fill out to put yourself forward for election. To access these please go to: www.electoralcommission.org.uk
The Local Government Association Becoming a Councillor Guide: www.beacouncillor.org.uk
Wiltshire Council Elections - https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/elections-town-parish
To become nominated as a candidate at a local government election in England, you need to submit a completed set of nomination papers to the place fixed by the Returning Officer by 4pm on 8 April 2021. To access these please go to: https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/elections-town-parish
All Salisbury City Council Councillors are Parish Councillors, which is different from the Unitary Council, Wiltshire Council and at the lowest level of Local Government. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Councillor for Wiltshire Council then click here.
If you would like to find out more about representing a political party as a Councillor in Salisbury, please find the details below to the local branches of the four main political parties.
• Salisbury Conservatives email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Salisbury Labour Party, email: email@example.com
• Wiltshire Liberal Democrats, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Salisbury Green Party, email email@example.com
If you are interested in independent politics (not a political party), you can get resources and advice from the Local Government Association’s Independent Office and the Independent Campaign Corner. As an independent, you will also need to start working out your views on local issues and services.
Lastly if you have any questions about anything to do with standing as a councillor and becoming one, please contact the Corporate Services team at Salisbury City Council on 01722 342860 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Electoral team at Wiltshire Council on 0300 456 0112 or at email@example.com. Both teams will be happy to help you with your enquiries.