Being a Councillor

There are 75 Councillors on Gwynedd Council. Have you ever considered becoming a Councillor but feel unsure what exactly the role involves?  

This video will give you an insight into the work of a Councillor:

The video below will give you a taste of all the services that you as a Councillor would provide to the residents of Gwynedd:

 

Have your say

“How the Council can help you to stand in a local election?” - Have your say by completing this questionnaire

 

The Role of a Councillor

  • Do you want to represent your local community and help local people?
  • Do you want to use your skills to help your local community?
  • Are you concerned about the future of local services and feel that you could be a voice for your community?

If so, perhaps you should consider standing for election as a local councillor. Gwynedd Council needs local councillors who have a broad range of talents and interests that reflect the county’s population. The Welsh Government's work programme supports all of Wales' authorities to aim to improve the diversity of people who are standing to be a local councillor.

The primary role is to represent the interests of your local people.  This involves leading in the community and helping to maintain a dialogue between residents and the Council. 

Local councillors play an important role in developing policies - identifying community needs, setting objectives to meet those needs, deciding between the different demands on services and allocating resources. 

Your role will be very diverse and interesting. Being a councillor can take a lot of time and this will be dependent on your job description, and to some extent it will be your personal choice in terms of the time you have available to commit to the work.  You will receive a number of e-mails, letters and phone calls from residents, businesses and Gwynedd Council officers. You will need to read committee reports and papers to prepare for meetings.  

As a Councillor you will be part of a team that is responsible for putting the people of Gwynedd at the heart of everything we do as a Council. 

Gwynedd Council have prepared descriptions of the roles and responsibilities for the different duties for councillors. (link in due course)

Further information

 

Am I eligible?

Usually, elections are held for all of Gwynedd Council's electoral regions every four years. The next elections will be held in May 2017.

You are a legally eligible candidate if:

  • you are at least 18-years-old an are on the electoral register for the Gwynedd Council area and that your home (in the last twelve months) is in the County; OR
  • you work in the County (and have worked here for 12 months); OR
  • you own property in the County (for 12 months)

You will not be an eligible candidate if:

  • you are bankrupt, and there is a Bankruptcy Restrictions Order (or a temporary order) against you; OR
  • that you have been found guilty of a crime in the past five years and you have been sentenced to three months or more in prison, OR
  • you work for Gwynedd Council (including teachers at schools funded by Gwynedd Council) or in a post that has political restrictions

How to stand for election?

I have decided to stand for election.   What do I need to do now?

Once you have decided to stand for election, you will decide either to stand as an independent councillor or as a member of a political group. Political parties in your local area are already searching for people who are interested in representing them and they would be happy to hear from you. They can support you with your election campaign and your work as a councillor.


Contact Points for the political assistants of the present main political parties in Cyngor Gwynedd:-

Plaid Cymru - Llywela Owain, Plaid Cymru Political Group Officer llywelaowain@gwynedd.llyw.cymru  Tel: 01286 679161


Independent - Delyth Ross, Independent Political Group Officer      delythwynross@gwynedd.llyw.cymru Tel: 01286 679017

 


You or your agent will need to complete a nomination form which is available on the electoral service's website. The form needs to be completed and submitted soon after the date that the Election Notice has been announced, usually within 11 days. The nomination form must include your full name and your home address and must be signed (endorsed) by 10 registered electors from the ward that you are standing for as a candidate. The first two that sign will be the proposer and the seconder, and the other eight registered electors will be witnesses.

Guidelines and councillor support and development publications can be found on the Welsh Local Government Association website.

Guidance can also be found by visiting The Electoral Commission website.

 

The nomination period will commence at the end of March 2017.

 

The required forms and further guidelines are available from the Council a few weeks prior to the beginning of the nomination period:

The Electoral Service
Gwynedd Council
Council Offices
Caernarfon
LL55 4PX

E-mail: election@gwynedd.llyw.cymru
Phone Number: 01286 679291

After being elected

What happens once you have been elected?

As a new councillor, you will be invited to take part in an induction programme that will provide you with an introduction to how the Council works. Gwynedd Council will provide you with a programme of training sessions throughout your term as a Councillor on a variety of relevant topics.

The Council's professional officers are available to support you in any way that is within their means with advice about the Council's arrangement or problems in your ward.  

Facilities and support for Councillors

Support is available for responding to enquiries regarding the Council's meetings by the Member Support Officers within the Corporate Support Department.

ID cards are provided for every Councillor in order to allow them access to the Council's buildings and rooms.


Computer provision

All of the Council's work is done electronically wherever possible and, as a result, information technology is an integral part of the Councillor's job.  iPads are the current provision for Councillors along with all of the software needed for Council work. The provision of iPads is currently being reviewed for the next term. You will receive an account and an e-mail address for the Council work. Training is offered for all aspects of information technology. In addition, 1-1 training sessions are offered in addition to the helpdesk that deals with technical problems.


Meetings

Gwynedd Council works through the medium of Welsh and a translation service will be available for every meeting.

Usually, Council meetings are held during office work hours. The Full Council (75 members) meetings are held in Siambr Dafydd Orwig Caernarfon. Other official meetings are held in the Council in Caernarfon, Dolgellau and Pwllheli with some meetings being held in the evening. A number of unofficial meetings are held through video conferencing between Caernarfon, Dolgellau and Pwllheli to save travelling time.

The meetings of the Full Council, the Planning Committee (when the meeting is held in Caernarfon) and any other committee that is likely to be of interest to the public, will be webcast. The meaning of webcasting is to broadcast video and sound on the internet. Cameras in the Council's chambers will record the live discussion and anyone who wishes to watch can do so by going on the Council's website.

A Councillor's attendance is recorded in every meeting and is placed on the Council's website. The website contains a name, a photo and contact details for every Councillor.

 

Provision for disabled Councillors

The Council's buildings are suitable for disabled people, with parking spaces for disabled people located close to the buildings. There is a lift in the Council's main buildings to gain access to meeting rooms and special provision is available should a building need to be evacuated in an emergency.


Other facilities

Specific offices are available for the use of Cabinet members, and also for the Leader of the Council. Rooms are also provided for the main political groups.

There are two Lounges in Caernarfon with tea and coffee facilities for Councillors, with one lounge including a work room with computer equipment.  

 

For more information..

If you have an inquiry or for further information please contact us:

E-mail: GwasanaethDemocratiaeth@gwynedd.llyw.cymru