How to become a councillor

There are 42 councillors making up Slough Borough Council, all of which fall into one of the borough’s 15 wards:

  • thirteen wards are represented by 3 councillors
  • Colnbrook with Poyle which has only 2 councillors and
  • Foxborough has a single member.

As a district councillor you would be representing the people of your ward.

The council is elected each year by thirds, which means that approximately one third of the seats will be up for election each year. Once elected a councillor will generally serve for a period of 4 years.

You could be a councillor if you are:

  • 21 years old or over
  • a British, Commonwealth or Irish citizen or a citizen of another Member State of the European Union - eligible nationalities.

AND

  • you are registered as a voter in the Slough Borough Council area, or
  • you are the owner or tenant of any land or premises in the area, or
  • your principal or only place of work for the last 12 months or more has been in the Slough area or
  • you have lived in the Slough area for the past 12 months.

However you are not permitted to stand as a candidate if you:

  • work for a local authority or hold a politically restricted post
  • are an undischarged bankrupt
  • have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the past 5 years or
  • have been disqualified under any enactment relating to corrupt or illegal practices

Having qualified you would need to be nominated, by completing a nomination paper. This document would need to be signed by 10 registered electors from the ward in which you want to stand and accompanied by your signed consent to nomination form. You may also appoint someone to act on your behalf as your agent, who could help you with your election campaign.

Anyone interested in standing as a candidate is advised to contact Electoral Services on 01753 477235 or 477236 or email BallotBox@slough.gov.uk for further information or to obtain a nomination pack. You should be aware that there is a strict set timetable for the nomination process and election work generally which must be adhered to. There are also rules that limit the amount of money you can spend on your campaign.

A candidate guidance is available through the Electoral Commission website.