Be a Councillor 2019

  • 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?


Ever thought about being a Welsh councillor?

Although Wales’ next local elections won’t be held until 2022, it’s not too early to start thinking about becoming a councillor.

We are keen to engage diverse and interested people early as there are often by-elections throughout the term and there are also a range of opportunities to be mentored by or shadow councillors to gain experience and understanding of the role. The WLGA will be developing additional web resources and a mentoring programme ahead of the elections, but a range of national organisations organise mentoring or shadowing schemes to encourage people from under-represented groups to consider becoming involved in politics or public life. For further information about the latest initiatives visit:

  • Women’s Equality Network Wales - Open link here
  • Chwarae Teg - Open link here
  • Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team Wales - Open link here  

'Be a Councillor' Guide

The 'Be a Councillor' guide for candidates is intended to be used as a quick introduction to the basic information that you need to consider when planning to stand for office. There are links throughout to more detailed information on the Internet and insights from serving councillors to help you decide if being a councillor is for you.

If you are thinking of seeking election to become a councillor, here are some facts on what payments you would be entitled to receive. (Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales) - View here

The role of a local government councillor

Ever wondered what life would be like as a local government councillor? Here are a selection of video clips showcasing the role of a local government councillor.

  • Welsh Government - View here
  • Gwynedd Council - View here
  • Monmouthshire County Council - View here
  • Monmouthshire County Council - View here

Watch the short films below produced by Powys County Council for National Democracy Week 2018. Five councillors share their experiences:

For more information contact: Sarah Titcombe



The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) represents the interests of local government and promotes local democracy in Wales.

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