Councillors are elected to represent their communities to make important decisions about local matters and local public services.  

It is important that councillors are like the people who elect them - we need more diverse councillors – we need more women, more young people, more Black Asian and Minority Ethnic people, more disabled people and more LGBTQ+ people to stand. 

All councils have signed Diverse Council pledges and are committed to encouraging and supporting diverse people to stand. The Welsh Government has introduced reforms to make it easier to stand and to make it easier to be a councillor.  

It is now much easier to stand as a councillor, councillor pay and support has improved and it is easier to be involved in council business through remote meetings via Teams or Zoom.

Council leaders are committed to ensuring the 2022 election campaign is fair and respectful and have signed a Fair Campaigns Pledge –  to reassure and support those candidates who are newer to democratic life, those who are conscious they are in the minority or have already experienced discrimination. 

If you are interested in making a difference and becoming a councillor, you can find advice and information on how to stand.  The next local elections across Wales will be held on 5th May 2022, and it is not too late to get involved. The deadline for nominations is 4pm Tuesday 5th April 2022.

Be a Councillor. Be the Change!  

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