Ever Thought About Becoming A Councillor?
It Takes All Sorts

What are local councils?

There are around 9,000 parish and town councils, representing 16 million people across England.

The difference between a parish and town council is that a chairman of a town council is called a Mayor.

Your local council has an overall responsibility for the well-being of your local neighbourhood.

Their work falls into three main categories; Representing your local community, delivering services to meet local needs and striving to improve quality of life in the parish.

Newport Town council provides, maintains or contributes to the following services;


Public Toilets


SIDs (Speed indicator devices)

Christmas illuminations

Floral display

Footway Lighting

Community Policing

Library books

Festival and Celebrations e.g. Carnival, Chinese New Year

How do they make decisions?

Newport Town Council is made up of 12 Councillors who meet regularly to make decisions on the work and direction of the council.

Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what they do. You can find out when meetings are held by visiting NTC website or follow our Facebook page.

Where do they get their money from?

Each year a sum of money called a ‘precept’ is collected through your council tax. This money is invested back into your local neighbourhood by your local council to improve facilities and services for you and your neighbours.

How are local councillors elected?

Local councillors are elected to represent a geographical area known as a ward. Councillors do not receive a salary, but received modest expenses which can be declined.

Newport Town council like most local councils, hold their elections on the same 4 year cycle, 2015, 2019 and so on.

The next local elections is 2nd May 2019 - Please see The Local Government Election Time Table at the bottom of this page

What do local councillors do?

Councillors have three main areas of work:

1. Decision making; through attending meetings and committees with other elected members, deciding which activities to support, where money should be spent.

2. Monitoring; councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well thing are working.

3. Getting involved locally: their day-to-day work may include; going to local meeting of organisations such as neighbourhood watch, going to meeting of bodies that affect the wider community such as police, the highways authorities and schools. Taking up issues on behalf of a member of the public with a borough council, running a surgery for residents to bring up issues.

How can I apply to become a Councillor?

Firstly you need to decide whether you want to represent a political party/group or would like to stand as an independent candidate.

You will need to get 10 people to sign your nominations papers (signatories must be registered electors in the ward where you wish to stand). These papers are available to you from The Guildhall. You must also give your contest in writing to your nomination.

Nomination Papers will be available on this page shortly - Watch This Space!! 

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Local Government Election Time Table - Thursday 2nd May 2019