Be a Conservative Councillor in Redditch

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We are delighted you are interested in becoming a Councillor on Redditch Borough Council and being part of the Conservative team where we are working hard to #UnlockRedditch and release the full potential of our town.

This page has been designed to support you through the process of making your mind up whether or not to stand to become a Councillor on Redditch Borough Council.

  • Please read this page carefully and take your time to make up your mind.

If you have any queries or need any help please email political@redditchconservatives.org.uk – if you know you want to become a Councillor and want to skip ahead and get straight to the application form, just click here to jump to that page.

First things first, are you allowed to be a Councillor?

Most people are allowed to be a Councillor on Redditch Borough Council, as long as you are:

  • A British Citizen, or a Citizen of the Commonwealth, or (currently) a Citizen of the European Union.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Registered to vote in the Borough of Redditch, or have lived, worked or owned a property (which is occupied) inside the Borough for at least 12 months before an election.

You cannot be a Councillor for Redditch Borough Council if you:

  • Work for Redditch Borough Council
  • Work for any other council in a politically restricted post
  • Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
  • Have been sentenced to prison for 3 months or more (including suspended sentences) during the 5 years before election day
  • Have been convicted of corrupt or illegal practices by an election court

If you’re unsure about any of the above and want to check, please email democratic@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk where officers of the Council will be able to assist you.

What does it involve?

Being a Councillor is a rewarding experience, but it’s not for everyone. Here’s some more information to help you make up your mind.

I don’t think I have the time…

How much time you spend on your duties as a councillor is largely up to you and will depend on the particular commitments you take on. The average time commitment can be around 25 hours per week for some Councillors, but it can be more or less depending on what you like to do.

Your role within the council will determine how much time you spend on council duties. Joining a planning committee, for example, will increase your workload. You will be expected to attend some council committee meetings, which are often held in the evening so that councillors can attend after work.

As with most things in life, what you get back will depend on how much you put in. But remember, the amount of time you give to it is almost entirely up to you.

Being a councillor

Councillors are elected to the local council to represent their local community, so they must either live or work in the area. Becoming a councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. You will be in a position to make a difference in the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects.

Being an effective councillor requires both commitment and hard work. Councillors have to balance the needs and interests of residents, the political party they represent (if any) and the council. These will all make legitimate demands on a councillor’s time, on top of the demands and needs of their personal and professional lives. Before you consider becoming a councillor you may want to discuss it with your family and friends to make sure they understand what you are taking on. You will need their support as you’ll have to spend some of your spare time on council business.

What is expected of a councillor?

The councillor’s role and responsibilities include:

  • representing the ward for which they are elected
  • decision-making
  • developing and reviewing council policy
  • scrutinising decisions by the councillors on the executive or cabinet
  • regulatory, quasi-judicial and statutory duties
  • community leadership and engagement.

Councillors may choose to hold regular drop-in surgeries.  Surgeries are a chance for residents to meet you and discuss their problems or concerns. You may also need to spend time visiting constituents in their homes. On top of this, you will be dealing with letters, emails and phone calls from constituents. When dealing with casework or council business you may need to meet with council staff. These meetings and any visits to council offices may need to take place during the working day.

Then there are council committee and scrutiny meetings. As a new councillor, you are likely to be on one or more committee. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience in this area: once elected, you will be provided with induction and on-going support.

Handled well, scrutiny procedures can stimulate real local involvement in how the council manages and delivers its business.

Do you have a disability?

The Local Government Association (LGA) has provided a guidebook that is designed to improve access to local government elected office for people with disabilities.

The Conservative Party remains committed to supporting people with disabilities to achieve elected office and will make any adjustments required to accommodate you. If you would like to discuss how we can help you in your journey please feel free to email political@redditchconservatives.org.uk

Would you like to read more about being a councillor in your own time?

If you’d like to go away and think about becoming a Councillor why not download a handy guide, published by the Conservative Councillors Association. This guide goes into more detail about the role and requirements and gives you first-hand testimonials about being a Councillor from people who were in exactly the same position you are right now.

If you’re ready to get started, let’s go through the procedure.

Are you ready to apply?

If you’re eligible to stand and want to get started on your political journey please click the button below to begin the process.