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Councillor Vacancy
17th September 2020

The Town Council currently has 2 vacancies for Councillors

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.

    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

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