Advice on offer for election candidates

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Advice on offer for election candidates

Candidates planning to stand for local elections election in May this year can tap into expert advice and guidance thanks to a special evening event being hosted by Somerset County Council.

A virtual drop-in for candidates will be held on 2 March between 5.15 and 6.15pm, Joining instructions will be supplied to those wishing to attend.

The first drop-in, on 23 February, proved popular with those who joined the virtual event with questions ranging from what support is available to successful candidates to the potential workload for new members.

Senior officers, led by the County Council’s Chief Executive Pat Flaherty, explained the services currently provided at county level and the vision for the new, single Somerset Council.

The drop-in provides a “safe space” for people to ask questions, voice any concerns and learn at first hand the process involved in standing for election on 5 May. The presentation will be available online here.

This year’s elections will the biggest local elections in Somerset for many years and will set the course of local government in our county for a generation to come.  A total of 110 councillors will be elected – two for each of the current Somerset County Council divisions, the area that councillors represent.

People from all walks of life are being encouraged to come forward and stand for election – to stand for Somerset and their communities. Nominations can be submitted to the appropriate District Council office in Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton, and South Somerset, from 22 March and close at 4pm on 5 April for the elections taking place on 5 May at county, city, town, and parish council levels.

Voters will choose who represents them for the next five years at county and local levels – a term that is longer than usual.

For the first year, the newly elected councillors will be responsible for existing Somerset County Council services and will oversee the creation of a new single Somerset Council. Then from 1 April 2023, when the new Somerset Council comes into being, they will assume responsibility for all council services in Somerset.

Councillors at city, town and parishes level will also have a vital role, pioneering new Local Community Networks with power to influence important decisions. They will also have a range of opportunities – if they want – to take control of local assets and services on a cost-neutral basis, such as parks and community centres.

Candidates planning to attend one of the virtual drop-in sessions should contact democraticservices@somerset.gov.uk

If you are interested in standing for election, at county or city, town, and parish level you can find out more here:

https://www.somerset.gov.uk/how-the-council-works/elections/

https://www.local.gov.uk/be-councillor

https://www.nalc.gov.uk/our-work/local-elections

 

 

News item added: 20 February, 2022