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Be a Powys Councillor. Be the change

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8 March 2022

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Powys residents are being reminded that nominations for this year's County Council elections open later this month and must be submitted by April 5.

Councillors are elected to represent their communities to make important decisions about local matters and local public services with national elections taking place on May 5.

Powys Returning Officer, Dr Caroline Turner said: "The notice of election will be published next week and that will open nominations for the 2022 elections.  Anyone interested in standing can submit nomination papers from Tuesday, March 15 until 4pm on Tuesday, April 5.

"It is important that councillors are like the people who elect them - we need more diverse councillors - we need more women, more young people, more Black Asian and Minority Ethnic people, more disabled people and more LGBTQ+ people to stand." 

All councils have signed Diverse Council pledges and are committed to encouraging and supporting diverse people to stand. The Welsh Government has introduced reforms to make it easier to stand and to make it easier to be a councillor.  

It is now much easier to stand as a councillor, councillor pay and support has improved and it is easier to be involved in council business through remote meetings via Teams or Zoom.

And, the Access to Elected Office Fund Wales has been established to assist disabled people who want to stand for elected office with the additional impairment related costs that are a barrier to their participation in politics. It is administered by Disability Wales and funded by the Welsh Government. Access to Elected Office Fund Wales - Disability Wales

In Wales council leaders are committed to ensuring the 2022 election campaign is fair and respectful and have signed a Fair Campaigns Pledge - to reassure and support those candidates who are newer to democratic life, those who are conscious they are in the minority or have already experienced discrimination. 

For more information on becoming a councillor visit: https://www.wlga.wales/be-a-councillor-be-the-change

Be a Councillor. Be the Change!