Are you interested in becoming a Councillor?
People give many reasons for standing for election, but one theme really stands out - the desire to improve their local community.
The specific trigger that causes someone to say "I can do that" maybe something hyper-local, such as improving a local play-area or effect a larger area such as opposing council plans to close 6th form education across a wide area.
Whatever the trigger if you want to change RCT (or one of the Community Councils across the area) and are considering standing for election we would love to hear from you. Over the next six months, Plaid Cymru will select its candidates for May 2022's Council Elections.
If you would like a chat to discuss standing please get in touch and one of our existing Councillors will give you a ring for an informal chat.
What is the role of a Councillor?
Councillors are elected to represent their local community in the running of their local council. Councillors help to decide how local services are provided, funded and prioritised. Councillors work with the employees of the council to make sure that services are relevant and delivered effectively.
How often do meetings take place?
This varies considerably on your individual circumstances - Full Council meetings take place once a month and most Councillors will sit on at least one Committee, meaning a minimum of two meetings a month.
Can I stand?
Most people can stand for election in the area where they live or work, but there are some restrictions, for example, if you hold a senior post in a publicly funded organisation then you may not be eligible to stand.
Plaid Cymru is very keen to ensure that we have candidates from all sectors of society, so whether you are working or not, retired, young or old, irrespective of gender or ethnic background we would love to hear from you.
Will my employer let me take time off?
Most employers are very happy for their staff to stand for Council, they see this as a way of them being good employers and supporting the local community.
Further information can be found on the Welsh Local Government Association Website by clicking here.