How to get involved in council decisions - make your voice heard

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 comprises of 59 councillors.

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, 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 (link opens in new window) and also the be a councillor website (link opens in new window).

Take a look at our Becoming a Central Bedfordshire Councillor (PDF 914.2KB) guide, which will help you decide if you're interested in standing as a representative of your community, in the next local elections on 2 May 2019.