Ilmington Parish Council invites candidates to apply for the office of parish councillor.

A parish council is the tier of democracy closest to the community that it serves and makes decisions on issues affecting its local area. Make a difference to your parish:

• Get involved in your community
• Have a say about the local issues that people care about
• Influence local service delivery
• Decide how local money is spent to improve your community.

Ilmington parish council meets monthly except in December, usually on the last Thursday of the month. Owing to coronavirus restrictions, parish council meetings are currently held remotely by video conference, so access and ability to use email and internet technology is essential to be able to fully participate in the council’s activities at this time.

The role is unpaid, but can be extremely rewarding.

To apply to become a councillor, please write to the clerk at briefly describing what skills and experience you could bring to the role.You will be asked to confirm that you are eligible to hold the office of councillor. Please see below for details on the qualification criteria. If you have any questions about this, please contact the clerk.

Applications will be considered by the council at its next meeting on 25 November 2020.

If you would to discuss what it is like to be a councillor and the work of the parish council, please contact the Chairman, Gerald Osborne on 01608 682472.

Eligibility criteria

The Local Government Act 1972, Section 79, sets out the qualifications for standing as a candidate and the grounds for disqualification of a candidate. You must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union, and
  • meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
  • Your name must appear on the register of local government electors for the parish throughout your term of office.
  • You have occupied any land or other premises as owner or tenant in the parish during the previous 12 months.
  • Your main or only place of work during the 12 months has been in the parish area.
  • You have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the previous 12 months.

You may be disqualified as a candidate if:

  • You hold a paid office under the parish council.
  • You have been declared bankrupt in the last five years and have not repaid your debts.
  • You have been convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced to at least three months imprisonment (including any suspended sentence) within the previous five years.
  • You are disqualified due to corrupt practices under the Representation of the People Act 1983 or the Audit Commission Act.

For more information relating to these qualifications, please read the Electoral Commission’s Guidance.