Be a councillor

You do not have to be a member of the big three political parties to stand, you could stand for another party or be an Independent Councillor. If you'd like to find out more about being an Independent Councillor or standing for a smaller party that isn't Labour, Conservative or Liberal Democrats get in touch.

The first thing to do is know the rules, which you can find on the Electoral Commission site, here for Councillors in England and here for members in Wales. Part 2a is specifically designed for those standing as an Independent.

Find out more about standing as an Independent councillor in our publication, Stand for what you believe, Be an Independent councillor, which is full of useful tips and guidance. We also have free copies of Flatpack Democracy to share.

You may also find it useful to visit the pages of the Independent Network, Residents Association or Party.

If you’d like to stand as a Green Councillor you can find out more in our new Be a Councillor – Green Party booklet

Cllr Neil Prior from Pembrokeshire shares his experience of a year in the life of a County Councillor.

If you would like to hold a Be a Councillor event in your area, please do get in touch. We can help fund activity that promotes the Be a Councillor campaign and its aims to increase diversity within councils to ensure they are as representative as possible.

Recently, the Chase Independents hosted a virtual Be a Councillor event where viewers heard from a number of Independent Councillors from across the country and were able to submit questions as part of a Q&A. You can watch the full webinar below.

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The EnAble Fund for Elected Office is intended to cover the additional financial costs associated with a disability, that would otherwise prevent someone from standing for election. You can find out more and apply via the Disability Rights UK website or by ringing 18001 or 0330 995 0400 (and choosing Option 1).