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Become a local councillor

Are you interested in becoming a local councillor?

You may have already decided to stand for election as a Dorset Council councillor, or you may be giving it some thought and wondering what it would involve. The following gives you some information to help you decide whether you would like to stand for election.

In May 2019 residents across Dorset will be electing their councillors for the new Dorset Council. This is a new unitary council which replaces the previous County, District and Borough Councils. The unitary council will have 82 councillors.

The elections are due to take place on 2 May 2019.

Nomination papers to stand for election must be submitted by 4pm on 3 April 2019. 

The unitary council

The Dorset Council will be a unitary council which will oversee the provision of local services across the majority of Dorset. The areas of Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole are also creating their own unitary council.

In addition, there are town and parish councils across Dorset which provide other local services within their localities.

What will the unitary council do?

We will be responsible for providing a number of services to the residents of Dorset. 

Some of these services include:

These services are funded through council tax, government grants, and fee charging services.

The term of office

The first term of office for the new unitary council is five years from May 2019 to May 2024. At the end of the five years the councillor’s term of office expires and they may stand for re-election.

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