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Be a Councillor – Make a Difference

Councillors are elected by the community they represent to determine how local services and various statutory and non-statutory activities are funded and prioritised.


Councillors act as community leaders and champions; deal with casework and sign-post people to services and other agencies. Councillors make decisions about how council services are run; are involved in determining the councils overall budget; help set standards for the various services offered by the council, support constituents with problems they might have with the Council or other agencies and ensure that local services are properly provided.


Councillors are entitled to different types of salaries, allowances and expenses dependant on the roles and responsibilities they have. 


Payments to Councillors (31kb PDF)​​​Link opens in a new window


If you would like to know more about being a councillor for the City and County of Cardiff and its services you could attend one of our public committee meetings or speak informally to one of the current Councillors or political groups.


The next local government Elections and voting will be in May 2017.


Local Elections in Wales 2017 - Candidates Guide (6MB PDF)​​​​​​Link opens in a new window ​ ​


Legal requirements


To be elected as a councillor you must be:


  • 18 years of age or over at the date of nomination

  • a Commonwealth citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of another Member State of the European Community


and one of the following:


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:


  • You are employed by the local authority or hold a paid office under the authority (including joint boards or committees).

  • You hold a politically restricted post.

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

  • 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.

  • You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations) or under the Audit Commission Act 1998.


Further information about the process of becoming a councillor and standing as a candidate in a local government election (including the full range of disqualifications) is available from the Electoral Commission​​​External link opens in a new window ​​​​​​​​​​​ and the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA)​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window .

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