Becoming a Councillor

Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your community? If you would like to contribute to decisions about how local services are provided, and help to improve the quality of life in Torfaen, why not become a councillor?

As a local councillor you will make decisions that touch the lives of everyone who visits, works or lives in Torfaen. It is important that local councils represent the full range of local opinion.

To see what councillors do, and what kind of skills people need to become councillors and do the job effectively, download a copy of the Framework Member Role Descriptions and Person Specifications.

If you are thinking of seeking election to become a councillor, the Payments to Councillors leaflet provides some facts on what payments you would be entitled to receive.

In order to stand for election as a county borough Councillor, you need to be:

  • Aged at least 18
  • A British, Commonwealth or European Union Citizen
  • A local elector, or have lived, worked or owned property in the county borough for a year

If standing for election to a Town or Community Council the ‘local’ qualification is slightly different. You can stand for election if your local connection is you live in the community area or within 4.8 kilometres of it.

If you want to stand for election but you do not belong to a political party, you can stand as an independent councillor. If you want the backing of a party you will need to either join one, or get them to pick you as their candidate before the election.

You cannot stand for election if you are disqualified, for example if you work for the council or you have recently been in prison. The full range of disqualifications at local elections is complex (Further information is enclosed with the nomination pack) . If you are unsure you will need to take your own legal advice.

Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Electoral Registration

Tel: 01495 766077


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