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Cardiff Council

Be a Councillor

  • ​​​​Do you care passionately about your local community?
  • Is there something you want to change?
  • Are you ready to take challenging decisions?
  • Why not stand for what you care about and become a local councillor?​

Councillors are elected by people in their community to represent them and make decisions on their behalf. Being a councillor is rewarding, challenging and enjoyable and you can change people’s lives for the better.

It’s important that councillors are like the people who elect them so that they can represent all the different views in the community and take decisions that benefit everyone.

Wales need more Women, People from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities, LGBTQ+ people, disabled people and young people to stand for election.

The next local elections are in 2027, find out more information on the Be a Councillor website​.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

C​ouncillors are entitled to differe​​​​nt 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.

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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