Welcome to Beckford Parish Council
LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2019
MAKE A CHANGE, BECOME A LOCAL COUNCILLOR
Beckford Parish Council is calling on residents, passionate about their community to stand in the local elections in 2019.
What do councillors do?
Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.
How long does it take?
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies.
Can I stand?
There are only a few rules to stand for election. You must be:
• A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union
• 18 years of age or older
• Live in an area that is served by a local council
How can I get involved?
Contact The Parish Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or visit www.nalc.gov.uk/elections
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The nomination forms for the forthcoming Local Council and Parish Council elections are available for anyone interested in standing for election.
Please contact the Parish Clerk for a copy of the form.
Please note completed nomination forms can be delivered BY HAND and IN PERSON to the returning officer at the district council between 25th March and 4pm on Wednesday 3rd April. There are nine working days in this period, so the window is quite a small one.
The 4pm deadline on 3rd April is absolutely strict. The form has to be in the right person’s hand by that time, or it will not be accepted.
Beckford Parish Council is the local council for Beckford, Little Beckford and Grafton. We help to provide a wide range of services and are always working hard to improve standards. The council operates efficiently and in accordance with rules and procedures as laid down by the Local Authorities Act 1972. Our friendly team of dedicated councillors have a reputation for accessibility. If you have any questions or problems, why not make us your first port of call?
Beckford Parish Council
The council exists to serve you.
Your council is a corporate body, a legal entity separate from that of its members. Its decisions are the responsibility of the whole body. The council has been granted powers by Parliament including the important authority to raise money through taxation (the precept) and a range of powers to spend public money.
Services and information
They can play a vital part in representing the interests of the communities they serve and improving the quality of life and the local environment. Furthermore they influence other decision makers and can, in many cases, deliver services to meet local needs. In other words, you and your council can make a difference.
What Does Your Council Do?
Planning, highways, traffic, community safety, housing, street lighting, allotments, cemeteries, playing fields, community centres, litter, war memorials, seats and shelters, rights of way – these are some of the main issues that concern parish government. The Government is encouraging local councils to deliver more services and play a greater part in their communities.
Diversity is Strength
Most local councils were set up in 1894 by an Act of Parliament. This created the civil parish, separating it from the church after its long history of delivering local services such as care for the poor, maintenance of roads and collecting taxes. In 2007 the government brought in legislation to allow local councils in London not permitted since the 1960s. In the first decade of the 21st century 200 new councils were created.
The diversity of local councils is their strength. Each can make a unique response to the needs of their community with a sensitivity that is more difficult for principal authorities to achieve.