Find out how you could become a local councillor for Brighton & Hove in the May 2019 local elections

Release date: 
Monday, 8 October 2018

If you’ve ever had concerns about where you live or you want to get involved with the public services Brighton & Hove City Council provides, becoming a local councillor is one way you can become a voice and a decision maker for your local area; and the city.

On 2 May 2019 voters in Brighton & Hove will choose the local councillors they want to represent them on Brighton & Hove City Council for the next four years and we want to make sure that anyone interested in becoming a local councillor can find out more about the election process and the crucial community role.

We hope that people from a broad range of backgrounds will stand for election to become local councillors to reflect the diversity of our community. This is why we’re holding two meetings for you to discover if you want to become a councillor.

Learn more at our public meetings in November

We’re holding public meetings in November 2018 where you can hear from the council’s Chief Executive Geoff Raw and the senior management team about the services the council provides and you’ll also have the chance to meet current councillors who can tell you what it’s really like being a councillor, what you’re likely to get involved with and what you’ll have to do if you’re elected.

It’s also your opportunity to ask questions like ‘do I get paid?’, ‘What support will I get if I’ve never been a councillor before?’ ‘What is the statutory role of a councillor?’, ‘What can I actually change?’, ‘how do local government finances work?’ and ‘do I have to join a political party to become a councillor?*’ 

  • Thursday 8 November from 6pm to 8pm at Hove Town Hall council chamber
  • Tuesday 13 November from 10am to 12 noon at Hove Town Hall council chamber

You don’t need to let us know that you’re coming to one of the sessions and you’re more than welcome to drop in at any time during these meetings.

Let us know if you need any assistance

We can’t provide transport to get to the sessions but if you need any help once you arrive at the town hall there will be plenty of people on hand to help you.

If you need any assistance at the sessions or can confirm attendance in advance please let us know by contacting our democratic services team on:

Discover what it’s like to be a councillor by following us on social media

Over the next few weeks, we will share more information about being a councillor on our website, our Facebook page and our Twitter account. Make sure to follow us to help you decide if being a councillor is something you’re interested in and can do

If you have any questions about being a councillor, then get in touch with us on our Facebook page and Twitter account. We’ll be more than happy to help!

You can also learn more about becoming a councillor on the Local Government Association’s website.

*The answer’s no. You can stand as an independent councillor.