Councillor Vacancy

Following the resignation of Cllr White there is a vacancy in East Ward

Casual Vacancy notice July 2018

 

Being a Local Councillor

Town Councillors are community leaders who represent the aspirations of residents who live in their parish and endeavour to achieve them. Town Councillors also have close links with local community groups, schools and churches within the parish.

  • A Councillor’s normal term of office is 4 years, the next election will be May 2021

  • Is the holder of a public office and not a volunteer.

  • 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 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.

  • Wem Town Councillors do not receive any remuneration other than travel expenses although an allowance is made to the Mayor.

Who is eligible to stand for election?

The law specifies that you can become a Town Councillor if on the day of submitting your nomination form and on the day of election you are,

  • at least 18 years old

  • a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and

  • meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

    a) You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.

    b) You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

    c) Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish/community area.

    d) You have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

     

    There are certain people who are disqualified from being elected to a parish or community council in England and Wales. You cannot be a candidate if at the time of your nomination and on polling day:

    a) You are employed by the parish/community council or hold a paid office under the parish/community council (including joint boards or committees).

    b) You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order.

    c) You have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before polling day.

    d) You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations). The disqualification for an illegal practice begins from the date the person has been reported guilty by an election court

    or convicted and lasts for three years. The disqualification for a corrupt practice begins from the date a person has been reported guilty by an election court or convicted and lasts for five years.

    A person may also be disqualified from election if they have been disqualified from standing for election to a local authority following a decision of the First-tier Tribunal (formerly the Adjudication Panel for England) or the Adjudication Panel for Wales.

For more information on eligibility please visit

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/141798/Part-1-Can-you-stand-for-election-P-and-C.pdf