4. How much time would I have to commit?
Many councillors have full time jobs as well as being Members of the Council. You would need to be able to commit a number of hours a week to your Council responsibilities, perhaps in the evenings and at the weekend, to fairly represent your ward.
As well as dealing with individual issues within your local community, by correspondence, email, phone or face-to-face meetings, you would need to be available to attend certain meetings mainly at the Civic Centre. This will include meetings of the Council itself, usually six a year, as well as those of the particular Committee(s) on which you have a seat.
Committees generally take place at 5.30pm on weekday evenings. Visit our Councillors and Council meetings - committee membership page to learn more about committees.
There will also be a number of additional meetings including briefing sessions. It is likely that you may also be appointed as the Council's representative on certain other bodies which may involve you in occasional meetings.