Becoming a councillor
If you care about the area of Sandwell that you live or work in and the issues facing local people, why not think about becoming a councillor?
Councillors are the democratically elected and accountable representatives for their local area (called a "ward") and are members of the council responsible for the governance of Sandwell.
Councillors represent the council to the community, and the community to the council.
You can find more information about becoming a councillor by visiting:
- Electoral Commission
- Be a councillor (Local Government Association)
- Forget What You Think You Know - a podcast about the role of a councillor (Use the link or press the play button below).
The role of a councillor
Councillors have a number of responsibilities including:
- Representing the ward for which they are elected, including meeting and consulting with residents and raising questions to the council on their behalf.
- Making decisions and influencing council policy at a range of forums including council meetings, scrutiny boards and town service improvement boards.
- Community leadership and engagement, such as campaigning on local issues, and encouraging citizen involvement in decision making.
- Representing the council and acting as an advocate for Sandwell on external bodies at local, Black Country, West Midlands and national level and reporting back to the council.
Find out more about the 2023 elections and view information for candidates in this year's elections.