If you’re standing for a political party, there may be an experienced elected member who is willing to ‘take you under their wing’ and act as a mentor during your first few weeks in the council. If you are an Independent councillor you may be able to gain support from another more experienced Independent councillor.


All councils make arrangements for induction for newly elected members as they also do for new members of staff. When you are elected you will be given a copy of your councillor induction pack and a timetable of introductory events and training sessions. These sessions will include subjects and topics such as the first few weeks in office, corporate governance, the councillor role, standards and ethics and the policy context. The Improvement Service also produces seven national induction notebooks for councillors, the first three of which have been made available for candidates to read prior to the election.