Friday, March 5, 2021

Would you like to be a Councillor?

If you have ever thought of becoming a Councillor and standing for election then you can find out more at a virtual meeting later this month.

West Lancashire Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and four local Parish Councils are holding elections on 6 May 2021 and you may be able to stand as a candidate in one of the elections if you meet the eligibility criteria. An election is also taking place for a Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Councillors have three main roles:

  • To represent the people in their local area and listen to their views
  • To make decisions about how the Council is run, what services should be provided, and how money is spent
  • To provide community leadership, such as enabling different organisations to work together to make their area a better place

 

If you are interested in being a candidate or agent at the upcoming elections and want to know more about the electoral process, a briefing is taking place on 15 March 2021 at 5:30pm online via Skype.

Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey, Electoral Registration Officer for West Lancashire, said: "Being a Councillor gives you the opportunity to make a real difference to the area you represent. There are no set qualifications or experience required.

"Skills gained through raising a family, volunteering or being active in faith or community groups are just as valuable to being a Councillor as skills gained in employment or training. The event will tell you everything you need to know about the election process, so please join us if you want to find out more."

The briefing will be recorded and available to view online shortly after. For more information and to book your place at the briefing, please contact the Elections Team via email at elections.office@westlancs.gov.uk or by calling 01695 585013

Council's website provides details on the election for both voters and prospective candidates at www.westlancs.gov.uk/elections.

You can find more specific information about becoming a Councillor at https://beacouncillor.co.uk/.