The councillors that make up the Town Council are local people who are accountable solely to the town and provide a democratic local voice; often taking on case work, raising queries and lobbying for action on behalf of their residents. Most importantly, their focus is entirely on the local area, prioritising the needs of the area and pushing for change and improvements.
It is important for the Town Council that local people stand as candidates to ensure that the council is made up of people who truly understand the issues and priorities for the area, and who are willing to work hard for the benefit of the town. Local councils are made up of a diverse range of local people, each bringing to the council their own life experiences and their own passion for the local area.
Usually councillors are unpaid and do not receive an allowance. In most councils, councillors only claim for expenses they have incurred in the course of their duties so that they are reimbursed for money they have spent rather than receiving any additional pay.
In May 2023, local elections are taking place with all twenty seats on the Town Council up for election. If you are interested in finding out more about what being a councillor means, you can find out more on the NALC "Make A Change" website or on the East Suffolk Council website where you will also find the nomination papers.
The deadline for nominations is 4pm on 4 April 2023.