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Become a District Councillor at South Hams and Make a Difference for the Future

27 January 2023

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Are you considering putting yourself forward to become a District councillor in the 2023 Local Elections? If so, South Hams District Council are holding an open evening for interested potential candidates.

The Open Evening will be held at Follaton House, Plymouth Road in Totnes on Thursday 16 March at 6.30 p.m. and will include information about the role of District councillors, the workload involved, and how to put your name forward.

Andy Bates, Chief Executive and Returning Officer at South Hams District Council, said: "If you are passionate about where you live and want to make a real difference to your community, then you really should consider becoming a District councillor.  

"Standing for public office may seem daunting, but everyone has something that they can bring to the role and it is important that the Council represents the diversity of the District.  All newly elected councillors will receive an induction pack and training, and will be offered support from existing Members and staff.

"The role is both fulfilling and demanding and, in light of the extensive challenges that we are all currently facing, effective community leadership is absolutely vital."

District councillors have three main areas of responsibility; representing the people in their area, community leadership, and formulating policy with the annual budget. All councillors are entitled to claim a basic allowance, plus reimbursements for travel, subsistence and/or dependant's carers.

In order to stand as a District councillor, candidates need to be 18 or over and a British, Commonwealth or European Union Citizen, and on the electoral roll or have worked or occupied as an owner or tenant any land or premises in the District for at least one year.

For more information, come along to the open evening, or email: for more information.

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