Your Local Councillors
Councillors have three main components to their work:
Decision Making – Through meetings and attending committees, Councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
Monitoring – Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
Getting involved locally - as local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. These responsibilities and duties often depend on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available, and may include:
- Going to meetings of local organisations
- Going to meetings of organisations affecting the wider community
- Taking up issues on behalf of members of the public
- Acting as a signpost for Council Services
Why become a Councillor?
Being a Parish Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community, and helping to make it a better place to live and work.
Will I get paid for being a Councillor?
Councillors do not receive a salary.
Am I qualified?
Yes – most people are. However there are a few rules:
You have to be:
- A British subject, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union and be 18 years of age or over
- A local government elector for the council area for which you want to stand; or
- Have during the whole of the 12 months preceding that day occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the council area; or
- Have during that same period had your principal or only place of work in the council area; or
- During that 12 month period resided in the council area
You cannot become a Parish Councillor if you:
- Are subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order
- Have, within five years, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine
- You work for the council you want to become a councillor for (but you can work for other local authorities, including the principal authorities that represent the same area).
Our councillors are all elected or co-opted onto the Council, if you would like to become a councillor or find out more about what they do then please follow the links below. Or simply contact the Parish Clerk
Councillors' Code of Conduct
Ellistown & Battleflat Parish Council, as a public authority, believes in promoting the highest standards of behaviour amongst the elected and co-opted members of the council.
In order to underpin these ethical standards and in accordance with the Localism Act 2011, the Council has adopted North West Leicestershire District Council's Code of Conduct for Councillors (whether elected or co-opted), who are required to abide by the code:
Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.
Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.
Draft Code of Conduct (PDF, 294 Kb)
Ellistown & Battleflat Parish Council currently adhere to North West Leicestershire District Councils Code of Conduct (this draft version is currently under review).