Borough Insight

Thinking of becoming a Councillor?

PeopleProspective Candidate's Open Evening
Wednesday 15 October; 7.30pm
Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom, KT18 5BY

The Council is running an evening for prospective candidates for the 2015 Borough Council Elections and this free event is open to persons who are interested in becoming a Borough Councillor.

The intention is to provide (what we hope you will find!) useful and practical information about the role of a councillor and the election process.

Anyone attending this event will be able to find out about:
•How the local government system works and what services are offered by the Borough Council
•The role of a Councillor – what will be expected of them, and how to fit this in with their present lifestyle
•What support is available from Council officers to help them in their work as a Councillor, such as allowances, training and briefings
•How the election process works.

Who can become a Councillor?
These are the main requirements if you are considering standing for election, but it is not a complete list:
•18 or over on the day of nomination
•Be a UK, EU or Commonwealth citizen
•Have property, live or work in the Borough
•Have not been declared bankrupt

Candidates standing for election as councillors do not need to pay a deposit but they will need to get the signatures of ten other local registered voters on the nomination papers.

If you are interested in attending or for further information please contact Eddie Nowak at the Town Hall on Telephone: 01372 732123 or Email: enowak@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Guide to being a Councillor
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has produced a guide for anyone who has ever thought of becoming a Councillor or who would like to find out more information about the role and life of our Councillors. To view/download the guide visit the Council's website.

The four sections of the guide and their contents are listed below.
•The Role of a Councillor - This section gives an overview of the legal requirements to be a Councillor, the role of a Councillor and an overview of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council
•Help for Councillors - A summary of the support services available from the Council to help Councillors in their role
•Life as a Councillor - The time you would need to devote to the role and the allowance you would receive
•Further Information - Standing as a representative of a political party, residents' association or as an independent candidate: where to find out more.

For further information visit national websites - www.beacouncillor.org.uk  www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent

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