The office of Borough Councillor is a highly responsible position. It involves carrying out a range of duties in service to the people of Basildon Borough and can lead to personal fulfillment and a real sense of achievement.
Becoming a Borough Councillor is an opportunity for you to make a real difference to the way Basildon Council is run. Councillors decide on how the Council's budget should be spent and make important policy decisions about the provision of services and how the Council should carry out its functions and responsibilities. Borough Councillors also play a crucial role in the communities they represent and they make decisions which affect the lives of everyone in the Borough.
To become a Borough Councillor, you must win a seat at a local borough election.
Each Borough Councillor is elected to represent the people who live within a geographical area known as a 'ward'. There are 16 wards within the boundaries of Basildon Borough. Each ward has an allocation of two or three Councillors, giving a total of 42 Borough Councillors. For further information on the council's political structure and associated decision making processes, see How the council works.
The main political parties select their own candidates for local borough elections however, you do not have to be a member of a political party in order to stand for election.
Anyone who meets the following eligibility criteria can stand as a ward candidate for election as a Borough Councillor.
The following persons will NOT be eligible to stand for election as a Borough Councillor:
Every candidate must be nominated on an election Nomination Paper. This involves completing and submitting various Nomination Forms, all of which can be downloaded several weeks before any forthcoming Borough Council election.
IMPORTANT: If you plan to stand as a candidate in a forthcoming election but are uncertain or unfamiliar with the Nomination process, we recommend you contact our Electoral Services team who will arrange a meeting to give you proper guidance on completing and submitting the Nomination forms pack. See contact details at bottom of page.
Candidates must bear all costs when they stand for election.
The Access to Elected Office Fund provides grants of between £250 and £40,000 to help disabled candidates meet the additional costs they face compared to a non-disabled person in seeking election (for example, additional travel expenses, or carer support). Funding is available for candidates from all registered political parties, as well as independent candidates (who must demonstrate seriousness of intent in seeking election). For further information see: GOV.UK - Access To Elected Office Fund.