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Guide to being a county councillor

Would you like to know more about being a county councillor and what it involves? This guide is designed to answer some frequently asked questions about being a county councillor.

County council elections are held once every four years. The next election will be on 2 May 2013 there is more information on the upcoming elections on these pages.  There are 42 electoral divisions, 39 with one county councillor in each and three with two county councillors.

This guide can be made available in audio tape, large print and braille, or alternative languages on request through Democratic Services.

  • The role of a county councillor

    All county councillors are expected to carry out duties serving all members of the community equally, fairly and without discrimination in accordance with the county council's equality and diversity policy and the code of conduct for members. This page gives you an idea of the main duties of a county councillor, including your role within the community and within Dorset County Council itself.

  • Support for county councillors

    Once elected you will be provided with a members' induction pack. You will receive induction training and ongoing development through seminars and individual training. In addition, experienced members and officers are able to offer newly elected members informal support. Profiles for each county council electoral division are available on request.

  • Time commitment

    National research shows that councillors spend around 74 hours a month on council business and the majority give preference to their representational role - working with their local community.

  • Allowances and expenses

    The allowances and expenses payable to county councillors have been set following detailed consideration by a local Independent Remuneration Panel.

  • Decision-making arrangements

    The county council introduced a written constitution in 2001. The constitution provides for:-

  • How to become a county councillor

    The county council elections are approaching and you now have the opportunity to take part in public life as a member of Dorset County Council.

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