Elections in Shropshire next take place on 4th May 2017.
Wem Town Council will have 14 vacancies for councillors
Due to changes in the way Shropshire Council is seeking to run and fund local services it is really important that local people are involved in the decision making process. One of the best ways of ensuring that your views are represented is by standing as a Town Councillor in the 2017 Elections.
An information pack on the work of the Town Council can be found here
The Town Council will be having a static display at the the following venues where you will be able to find out more information about the council's work and pick up a candidate information pack.
Wednesday 22nd Feb 1-3 pm
Wem Town Hall
Thursday 23th Feb 9-1pm
Wem Town Hall - Indoor Market
Thursday 2nd March All day
Local elections - May 2017 Key Dates
Monday 13th March 2017 – Publication of notice of elections after this date nomination papers can be submitted to the returning officer, Claire Porter. The law states that nomination papers may only be delivered to the returning officer in person, and can't be received through the post. Details of where candidates can submit nomination papers in person, will be publicised shortly before the nomination period opens.
Tuesday 4th April 2017 - All nomination papers must be received by the returning officer by 4pm.
Thursday 4th May 2017 - Date of Local Elections scheduled to take place in Shropshire.
For more information visit
Telephone 0345 678 9015.
Outlined below is some information about being a local councillor and how to stand for election.
Being a Local Councillor
- A Councillor’s normal term of office is 4 years
- Is the holder of a public office and not a volunteer
- Can receive expenses for their role
- The main job of a councillor is to participate in the collective decision making processes of the council
- He/she has no authority to make decisions about council business on his/her own
- A local council may arrange insurance cover to indemnity its councillors against liability resulting from them being representatives of the council
- A councillor’s financial and certain other interests in council business must be transparent
- He/she is subject to obligations set out in the Code of Conduct adopted by the council
- Information about councillors is available in the council’s publication scheme
- The first business of the council’s annual meeting is the election of its chairman
- Most councils appoint a Vice Chairman but this is optional
- The normal term of office for the Chairman is one year.
Who is eligible?
The law specifies that any person over the age of 18 who is a citizen of the United Kingdom, The European Community or the Commonwealth can be a councillor if they are an elector in, work in, live in or live within three miles of the area of the local council is eligible. Certain circumstances will mean that an individual may be “disqualified” from standing; check with your council if unsure.
What will I do if I’m elected?
- Attend council meetings
- Raise matters that the council can consider and formally decide to take action about at meetings
- Make informed contributions which influence the debate on the business that needs to be decided at those meetings
- Participate in the Council’s decision making process, which in itself is subject to strict rules and guidelines
- Represent the Council externally
Election Materials and Guides
NALC Elections Webpage
NALC ‘It Takes All Sorts” (information for prospective candidates)
NALC ‘Whatever – Yeah! Local Councils and Youth Provision’
NALC ‘Power to the People’
“Be a Councillor” website
‘Become a Councillor’ website
Be a Councillor – Local Government Association
Electoral Commission “Candidates and agents at parish and community council elections in England and Wales