Becoming a councillor
About the role of a councillor
All councils are led by democratically elected councillors who set the vision and direction and represent their local community.
Central Bedfordshire Council currently comprises of 59 councillors although this will be increasing to 63 from May 2023.
Councillors are elected to the local council to represent their own local community, so they must either live or work in the area.
Each councillor has their own reasons for running but the role offers the chance to make a huge difference to the quality of life for people in your local area. Being an effective councillor requires both commitment and hard work. Councillors have to balance the needs and interests of residents, the political party they represent (if any) and the council.
The councillor’s role centres around community leadership and engagement, and responsibilities include:
- representing the ward for which they are elected
- decision-making - developing and reviewing council policy
- scrutinising decisions taken by the councillors on the executive or cabinet
- regulatory, quasi-judicial and statutory duties
If you are interested in becoming a councillor, then we recommend you read the guidance on the GOV.UK website.
Take a look at our Becoming a Central Bedfordshire Councillor guide (PDF), which will help you decide if you're interested in standing as a representative of your community, in the next local elections on 4 May 2023.
You can also view a video of our councillors talking about their experiences as local councillors in Central Bedfordshire.