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Good Councillors Guide - 2017 edition

  • The Good Councillor Guide: 2017 (PDF, 927 Kb)

    This guide introduces the work of local councils and the part you play as a councillor in the tier of local government closest to the people. You will also find it a useful reference. It is divided into five parts to help you find your way as a new, or even as an experienced, councillor.

It takes all sorts

  • It Takes All Sorts (PDF, 5.2 Mb)

    This booklet, developed by the National Association of Local Councils in conjunction with the Be A Councillor campaign, highlights the experiences of just a few of the many councillors on local councils and serves to show how rewarding representing your community can be. This (second) edition contains six new local councillor case studies. Each councillor gives their reasons for becoming a local councillor in the first place, what motivates them to remain in their community role and what they want to achieve as local councillors in the future.

Power to the People - What are Local Councils?

  • Power to the People (PDF, 1018 Kb)
    • Parish, town, community, neighbourhood and village councils are often referred to as local councils. They are a type of local authority.There are over 9,000 local councils in England. A local council enjoys a wide range of statutory powers related to the provision or support of certain services or facilities which generally benefit the residents who live in its area.

Useful links

Information leaflets

  • Being a Councillor (PDF, 592 Kb)

    This leaflet has been designed to provide information for those that are considering to become a councillor.

Election poster templates

NALC Elections Legal Topic Note

NALC Legal Topic Note 8 - Elections has been updated. The updated LTN 8 confirms the following:

• The key times and dates for candidates between notice of a local election and elections (see para 14 of the updated LTN), following amendments to Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules 2006 introduced by the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Rules 2014.

• The Electoral Commission's guidance for candidates in relation to the method of delivery for nomination paper and consent to nomination form (see para 19 of the updated LTN).

• The new upper limit in relation to candidate expenditure permitted by s. 76(2) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 (see para 20 of the updated LTN).

Election guidance

The following information is provided for guidance.

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