INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS
Committed politically independent people required to run as candidates for local government positions to represent their communities and consciences, not a political party. On successful election the candidate will be sworn in as a parish, town, county or district councillor.
While you don’t need any special or formal qualifications to be a councillor, having or being able to develop the following knowledge areas will help you manage your responsibilities:
This list is by no means exhaustive. All councils have a responsibility for planning, delivering and communicating a large range of public services, and the responsibilities will be different depending on which type of council is involved.
You will be in a position to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects. It is a weighty responsibility and will require both commitment and hard work. To gain endorsement from the Independent Network, candidates must commit to The Bell Principles:
Once elected the councillor may receive an allowance of between £0 and £72,214 although any expenses, salaries or compensation must be claimed openly so that the public can judge the value for money of the councillors' activities.
LEGAL REQUIREMENTS: 18+, UK, EU member state or Commonwealth citizenship
Further information at: www.independentnetwork.org.uk
CLOSING DATE: 15/3/2011