Becoming a councillor
Who can become a Councillor and how do I apply?
District and Parish elections are due to take place on Thursday 4 May 2023, polling stations will be
open from 7am-10pm. Remember, you must take a valid form of photo ID in order to vote at a
Which forms of ID can I use to vote?
You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable. You can use any of the following:
• Driving licence (including provisional license)
• Blue badge
• Certain concessionary travel cards
• Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
• Biometric Immigration document
• Defence identity card
• Certain national identity cards
For more information on which forms of photo ID will be accepted,
visit electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.
Why become a councillor?
People become councillors for all manner of reasons.
Most want to:
• Make a difference to their local community and be involved in its future shape;
• Ensure that their Parish is able to access the services it deserves;
• Represent the views of local people and ensure they count.
No specific qualifications are needed to become a councillor - life experience is the best thing to
bring to the role. It’s vital that members represent all sections of the community - we want to attract
people from a broad range of backgrounds to stand as candidates.
For a comprehensive overview of the roles and responsibilities, as well as eligibility criteria and more, please download our information pack here.
You may not become a Parish Councillor if:
- You are a paid employee of the Parish Council
- Within the previous five years you have been convicted of an offence and have been sentenced to not less than three months' imprisonment (whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine
- Within the previous 12 months you have been subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order
- If you are subject to any enactment relating to corrupt or illegal practices.
Ordinary Parish Council elections take place every four years - usually on the first Thursday in May unless this clashes with a parliamentary general election. The next Parish Council election for Clanfield will be May 2023
A Parish Councillor will serve for a period of four years if elected at an ordinary election unless they resign before the end of that period or become disqualified for any reason. If a vacancy occurs in between the scheduled four yearly elections, there may need to be an extra election to fill the vacant position.
If there are an insufficient number of valid candidates for an election to fill all of the vacancies on the Parish Council, all those who have been validly nominated are automatically elected as councillors.
When insufficient candidates are proposed for seats at an election, the council may choose someone to fill a vacancy through co-option.