Apply To Become A Parish Councillor

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NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY TO BE FILLED BY CO-OPTION

Ribble Banks Parish Council has a casual vacancy for the role of Parish Councillor which it is seeking to fill by co-option. The duration of the co-opted role will be until May 2022 when the local elections take place and Councillors need to be re-elected.

A parish, town or community council is the closest level of local government to the community. It is a local authority in its own right that makes decisions on behalf of the residents in its “parish” and has a District/County or Unitary authority hierarchy that sits above it. Councillors are elected but are unpaid for their time. Becoming a parish, town or community councillor is a rewarding experience and often described by those that get involved as a way of giving something back to their community. Your time will be well spent and there are no real barriers to becoming a councillor.

Qualifications - any person can be elected as a councillor if they are:

  • a British national, Commonwealth citizen or a Euro-national on the day they are nominated and

  • 18 years of age or over and

  • on the day they are nominated and thereafter they continue to be a local government elector

    for the area of the authority or

  • has during the whole of the twelve months preceding that day occupied as owner or tenant any

    land or other premises in that area or

  • their principal or only place of work during that twelve months has been in that area or

  • during the whole of those twelve months has resided in that area or

  • in the case of a member of a parish, town or community council has during the whole of those

    twelve months resided either in the parish or community or within three miles of it. Disqualification - A person is however disqualified from being elected or being a councillor if they:

  • hold any paid employment or office in the authority that they seek election or

  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or other interim order or

  • have within five years before the day of election or since their election been convicted of any

    offence and has had passed on them a sentence of imprisonment of at least three months (whether

    suspended or not) without the option of a fine or

  • has been found guilty of corrupt or illegal practices or responsible for incurring unlawful expenditure

    and the court ordered their disqualification.

    If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor for Ribble Banks Parish Council you are warmly invited to download a co-option application form (which includes the co-option eligibility form) from the Council website and to return it to the Clerk via the Councils email address RBPC@mail.com .

    The closing date for applications is midnight on Thursday 18th November 2021. Applications will be considered by the Council during the regular Council meeting which will be held on 23rd November.

    On behalf of Ribble Banks Parish Council,

    Belinda Roos, Clerk & RFO 2nd November 2021

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