Become a county councillor
What is a county councillor?
A county councillor is someone who is elected by the people to one of the electoral divisions in Lincolnshire to represent them on the council.
How do I become a county councillor?
To become a county councillor you have to be elected to one of the 77 seats (electoral divisions) on the council.
If you wish to stand for Election to represent a County Electoral Division you must be:
- A British Citizen, a citizen of the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland or of another European Union State
- 18 years of age
- Included on the Register of elections for Lincolnshire or be someone who has lived or worked in the county for 12 months preceding the election
You need to be nominated to stand as a candidate at the election by:
- Two electors of the electoral division (as your proposer and seconder)
- Eight other electors (supporting your nomination)
You do not have to stand as a member of a political party; you can stand as an independent candidate.
What do county councillors do?
The county council provides a wide range of services, such as Education, Social Services, Libraries, Highways, Trading Standards and Waste Disposal. County councillors are involved in the decisions on these services and others via meetings at County Offices, Lincoln.
All county councillors are accessible to resolve issues and problems brought to them by their constituents. Councillors represent all people in their area including those who did not vote for them. In addition county councillors are appointed by the county council as the county council’s representative on other bodies/groups.
Do county councillors get paid?
You will not receive a salary but you will be entitled to receive an allowance. All county councillors receive a basic allowance plus travelling expenses. In addition, those county councillors who hold an office, i.e. such as Leader or Chairman of a Scrutiny Committee receive an additional allowance known as a Special Responsibility Allowance. Follow this link for further information.
What support is there after being elected?
If you are elected via a political party that political party will give you help and advice during your time as a county councillor.
All county councillors receive help and support from county council officers to assist you to fulfil your duties.
In addition, all county councillors will receive induction and on-going training during their time as a councillor. The council will also provide councillors with IT, stationery etc., to help them in their role.
To help you have a better understanding of what is expected of a County Councillor, please contact Nigel West, Head of Democratic Services on 01522 552840 for a general discussion.