The easy answer is, “almost definitely”. As long as you are:
You can’t be a councillor if you:
If you are in any doubt about whether you are eligible to stand as a councillor, you should contact the electoral services department at your local council for advice.
How much time you spend on your duties as a councillor is largely up to you and will depend on the particular commitments you take on. The LGA’s 2013 Census of Councillors found that the average time commitment was around 25 hours per week.
Your role within the council will determine how much time you spend on council duties. Joining a planning committee, for example, will increase your workload. You will be expected to attend some council committee meetings, which are often held in the evening so that councillors can attend after work.
As with most things in life, what you get back will depend on how much you put in. But remember, the amount of time you give to it is almost entirely up to you.
There are many reasons why people decide to become a local councillor. They include:
Research tells us that people are most concerned about issues such as crime, schools, transport and the environment. Your local council can make a difference on all these issues and many more, and so can you as a local councillor.
There are lots of ways to get involved in your community, perhaps becoming a neighbourhood watch coordinator, a school governor or a magistrate would be more up your street. For more information visit www.gov.uk/government/get-involved#take-part