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Could You Represent Rutland as a Councillor?

Could You Represent Rutland as a Councillor?

Date Published: 12 October 2018
Jules House

Have you ever considered representing your community as a County Councillor? Rutland County Council is offering residents the chance to find out just what it takes to be a local representative at a special open event, to be held in November.

The event has been organised in partnership with district councils in Leicestershire and takes place ahead of the 2019 local elections, when 27 seats on Rutland County Council could be contested.

It is hoped that shedding light on the work that councillors do and encouraging more people to stand in elections will increase the choice and variety of candidates for voters.

Anyone can attend the free event, where they will hear directly from Councillors about what their work involves and why it is important. There will also be a chance to speak with Officers and Directors about various council services and the support that councillors receive. 

The open event will take place at the Council’s offices on Saturday 10th November 2018  with two separate sessions – one at 10.00am and one at 12.30pm.

“Anyone can be a Councillor and it’s important for our local democracy that we have people of all ages and from all backgrounds to represent a wide range of local views. As democratically elected representatives, councillors have a unique opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. However, being a councillor is also hard work – balancing the needs of your local area, your residents, community groups, local businesses and the Council on a daily basis. As a locally elected representative, you’re responsible for engaging with residents and groups on a wide range of different issues, as well as responding to any concerns they may have. You can expect to contribute to the development of policies and strategies, including budget setting, and you could even be involved in scrutinising council decisions or making decisions on planning or licensing applications. Ultimately, a councillor’s main role is to represent their ward and the people who live there, so if you care about where you live and want to work on behalf of your community I strongly encourage you to come and find out more. You could make a real difference for Rutland.”
Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council

For more information and to confirm if you're interested in attending, please contact: governance@rutland.gov.uk or 01572 720 991.


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