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Flintshire County Council Elections: Thursday 4 May 2017 - Being a councillor

Notice of Election County of Flintshire Thursday 4 May 2017

Flintshire County Council:  Statement as to Persons Nominated

 

Being a Councillor

Here is some first information for anyone who might be interested in becoming a local councillor.

The first role of a local councillor is to represent the local community. This can involve campaigning for things to be done to meet the needs and expectations of local communities, bringing local people and organisations together to support community action and volunteering, and case work on behalf of local residents who might need help.

The second role is ‘governing’ or running the Council. This involves some big tasks such as setting priorities and budgets for the Council through to specialist work such as becoming a member of an Overview and Scrutiny Committee or one of the regulatory committees such as the Planning Committee.

Being a councillor can be both rewarding and demanding. 

The information that follows explains the process and rules for being nominated to stand for election.

County Council Elections on Thursday 4 May 2017 

In Flintshire there are 70 Councillors representing 57 electoral divisions for a term of five years. Depending on its population, each division has one or two Councillors to represent the interests of its residents.

For a map of the electoral divisions please click here.  For more detailed information you can visit the interactive mapping area of the website by clicking on the following link interactive mapping

Am I eligible?

To stand as a candidate at a local government election in Wales you must be eligible, and, at the appropriate time you must complete a set of nomination papers.

To be elected as a councillor you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age or over at the date of nomination
  • be 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 for qualifications:

  1. You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the local authority area in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.
  2. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
  3. 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 local authority area.
  4. You have lived in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

You cannot stand as a candidate if any of the following applies to you:

  1. You are employed by the local authority or hold a paid office under the authority (including joint boards or committees).  Note that you may be ‘employed by the local authority’ if, for example, you work at certain schools, fire services, police or health services.  This list is not exhaustive.
  2. You hold a politically restricted post.
  3. You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 a 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.

Prospective candidates are advised to consult the relevant legislation to ensure that none of the disqualifications apply.

How to stand for election

The following guidance and resources are available:-.

Click here for the 2017 timetable for the local government elections

Part 1 - Can you stand for election?

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/141784/Part-1-Can-you-stand-for-election-LGEW.pdf

Part 2a - Standing as an independent candidate

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/141785/Part-2a-Standing-as-an-independent-candidate-LGEW.pdf

Part 2a - Standing as a party candidate

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/141787/Part-2b-standing-as-a-party-candidate-LGEW.pdf

Part 3 - Spending and donations

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/218715/Spending-and-donations-Local-government-elections-Wales-May-2017.pdf

Part 4 - The campaign

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/141788/Part-4-The-campaign-LGEW.pdf

Part 5 - Your right to attend key electoral events

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/141789/Part-5-Your-right-to-attend-key-electoral-events-LGEW.pdf

Part 6 - After the declaration of result

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/141791/Part-6-After-the-declaration-of-results-LGEW.pdf

It is recommended that you read all parts of the guidance.

The Notice of Election for Flintshire will be published on Friday 17 March 2017 and the nomination period will commence on Monday 20 March until 4pm on Tuesday 4 April.

You can request a nomination pack by submitting an enquiry

For further informtion please contact the elections team on 01352 702329 or email elections@flintshire.gov.uk

Flintshire County CouncilKey Plans, Strategic Documents and Useful Information

Flintshire County Council is an organisation with an annual net budget of £255 million and a work force of 6,600, serving a population of over 158,000 people.  Whilst Flintshire is not  geographically large, it has the sixth largest population in Wales and is recognised to be a high achieving and ambitious Council. It prides itself on high performance for its local communities and is motivated by its strong social values.

The Council produces corporate documents which are useful reference points, showing how the Council is funded, how it operates and what its objectives are. The key documents are:•

Improvement Plan - this sets out the Council’s priorities, its achievements and how consultation has informed the plan.

http://infonet.flintshire.gov.uk/en/Document-Repository/Chief-Executives/Performance-Management/Improvement-Plan-2016-17-Final.pdf

• Medium Term Financial Strategy 2016 – 2019- The Council has a legal duty to set a balanced budget. The summary and the full Medium Term Financial Strategy document the scale of the challenge which the council faces and the strategy which it has adopted to deal with this.  MTFS Summary Full documents : MTFS
• Annual Performance Plan:  http://www.flintshire.gov.uk/en/Resident/Council-and-Democracy/Annual-Performance-Report.aspx

The Council’s website is www.flintshire.gov.uk 

 

Nationally Produced Information

There is also information about being a councillor which is available nationally. The Welsh Local Government Association ( which comprises all 22 Welsh County and County Borough Councils) has produced  a guide ‘ Be a Councillor – Make a difference’. http://www.wlga.gov.uk/be-a-councillor-2017

The Welsh Government Diversity in Democracy Project also has a website which contains useful information for potential candidates. - http://www.wlga.gov.uk/diversity-in-democracy

 

Local Election Candidates Survey

Every local authority is required to conduct a survey of candidates at each local government election so we can measure the progress being made although no candidate is obliged to provide any information.

For this election, the Local Government Data Unit ~ Wales (Data Unit Wales) will conduct the survey on behalf of local authorities in Wales. The data they collect will then be provided to each local authority and the Welsh Government. A report will be published based on the results.

For more information and to complete the survey go to:

www.election.cymru/flintshire/