Being a councillor involves a huge variety of work, some of which can be challenging, but is almost always hugely rewarding as you can make a real difference to individuals lives and to the area you represent.


Local government elections are being held on Thursday, 4 May 2017 to elect 1,227 councillors in Scotland’s 32 local authorities. If you are considering standing for election, this website will help you understand the many different aspects of a councillor's role, provide you with information to help you decide if being a councillor is for you and ensure you are well prepared should you be elected.


There are 4 main sections on this website:


But first, watch three short videos of councillors from across Scotland to find out why they became a councillor, the difference they make and their advice if you are thinking of standing.