Being a local councillor

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.

The next Scottish local government elections are expected to take place in May 2022 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:

This Preparing for Elected Office worksheet is a tool to help you think about how much you know about your area, as well as considering the bigger picture and the next steps to becoming a candidate.

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.

Did you know?

Did you know you don't have to belong to a political party to become a councillor in Scotland? 1 in 6 councillors in Scotland are Independent.

Why get involved in local politics?

You can make a difference

Your voice needs to be there

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