Becoming a Councillor

If you care about what happens in your local area, are interested in making a real difference, like getting involved and want to have your say - then you should consider standing for election as a Borough Councillor.

What's involved?

As a Councillor you will be the voice of your constituents, with the opportunity to shape the future direction of Elmbridge and be an ambassador for the Council. You will also have the opportunity to help and support your local constituents on a variety of issues

Becoming a local Councillor is a rewarding experience. It gives you the opportunity to help your local community and is a great way to help you contribute to decisions that will develop and define Elmbridge for future years.

We are responsible for a range of services, including planning, housing, environmental health, licensing, community safety, community support, waste collection, recycling, leisure and cultural services. View the A-Z of Services to see all the services we are involved in.

Members also have a key role to play in working with the police, health and other bodies in the public and private sector in order to achieve improvements for the area.

You may want to look at the agendas and minutes of recent meetings to get an idea of the decisions Councillors are involved in. You would also be more than welcome to attend a meeting! Find out more on being a Councillor.

An overview of what is involved in becoming a Councillor is available and if you would like further information, please email

What support will be given?

We provide a comprehensive induction programme for newly elected Councillors and other development opportunities throughout the year, including training on issues such as planning, finance matters and helping constituents. Members are also offered support with IT facilities. Our Democratic Services Team operates a 'one stop shop' to help Members with any queries and every Member is provided with a personal copy of the comprehensive Members' Handbook, providing useful information and reference points in respect of:

  • Borough demographics;

  • the Member Development Programme;

  • Members' resources available;

  • decision-making structures / arrangements / procedures;

  • Code of Conduct procedures;

  • contacts for regional and national Partners; and

  • budget related information.

Councillors are entitled to receive an allowance to help meet their expenses, which is reviewed annually by an independent panel. The allowance payable varies according to the roles and responsibilities of a individual Member. There is also a Members' Room available for Members' use. The Civic Centre is an accessible building and our Democratic Services Team would be happy to discuss any extra support or adjustments that could be made to help meet a Councillor's specific needs.

What if you already are in employment?

Most employers are prepared, within reason, to grant some time off for Council work. You should discuss this with your employer before making the commitment.

The majority of Council meetings are held in the evening to maximise the opportunity for those in full-time employment to attend.

Who can stand?

Find out who is eligible to stand for election.

Member development

Watch our video on Member development.

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