Councillors carry out their duties on a voluntary part-time basis. They do not receive a salary but do receive allowances to help meet expenses.
County Councillors play their part in providing services such as schools, roads and caring for the elderly to name but a few. They will be involved in determining the overall budgetary policy for the County, setting standards for individual services and helping constituents with problems involving the work of the Council.
Want to Know more?
If you would like to know more about our County Council and its services, attend one of our meetings, speak informally to a serving County Councillor or contact one of our political groups, please contact Democratic Services.
Standing as a Candidate
Any person wanting to stand as a candidate within the County of Carmarthenshire will be issued with a nomination pack which will consist of a:
- Nomination Paper
- Consent to Nomination
- Appointment of Election Agent
- Guidance for candidates & Agents
If you are a candidate for a registered political party you will also need to submit a:
- Certificate of Authorisation
- Request to use the Party Emblem
On the close of nominations the candidate will be sent a letter confirming whether or not the nomination is valid. If a candidate decides to withdraw their nomination they have until no later than noon on 16th working day prior to the date of the election to withdraw.
Every Candidate must submit a Nomination Paper, you will require ten signatories: a proposer, a seconder and eight assentors who must be local government electors within the division you wish to represent. The Nomination Paper must be delivered before the date given on the Notice of Election.
There are no formal qualifications needed to become a Councillor. However to stand validly nominated you must fulfil the following:
To be qualified to be an elected member of the council you must be:
- 18 years of age or over at the date of nomination
- a Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another Member State of the European Community
- be a local government elector within the area of the authority or;
- have worked in the area for the last 12 months, or;
- have lived in the area for the last 12 months, or;
- owned land/property in the area for the last 12 months.
You cannot stand as a Candidate if
You are disqualified from being elected by reason of any disqualification set out in section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972 - Part V or section 79 of the Local Government Act 2000.
You hold a politically restricted post under Part 1 of the local Government and Housing Act 1989.
Consent to Nomination
Your nomination is not valid unless you submit a Consent to Nomination. You must sign a declaration to the effect that you are qualified to stand, and the consent must be attested by a witness.
Appointment of Election Agent
If you wish to appoint another person to act as your election agent you must complete a notice of appointment of election agent, and that appointed agent must sign a declaration of acceptance. If no such application is received the candidate will be deemed to be acting as their own agent.
Further information regarding becoming a Councillor and Standing for Election can also be obtained from www.electoralcommission.org.uk