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Suffolk County Council Elections 2021 - Could you be a candidate?

February 11, 2020 6:00 PM
Originally published by East Suffolk Liberal Democrats

WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY? Suffolk County Council logo

WANT TO IMPROVE OUR SOCIAL SERVICES, EDUCATION AND PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES?

FED UP WITH THE STATE OF OUR ROADS AND HIGHWAYS IN SUFFOLK?

FEEL THAT THE RULING PARTY'S PRIORITIES ARE WRONG?

Suffolk Liberal Democrats are now looking ahead to next year's county council elections and are keen to get candidates in place so we can start to campaign. Suffolk County Council are responsible for delivering a large range of vital local services, such as roads and transport, education and social services, making being a county councillor a really important role; making a real difference to the local and wider community.

The Liberal Democrats have a strong and proud tradition in local government.

We pride ourselves on working hard "all year round, not just at election time."

From parishes and small districts to core cities, Liberal Democrats have run local authorities of all shapes and sizes in every part of the country.

If you care about the area that you live or work in and the issues facing local people, you could be a councillor.

The work of a councillor varies tremendously depending on the sort of council you are on, the nature of your ward or division, the balance of skills within your group and the sort of experience and knowledge you bring to the role.

THE ROLE OF LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES

Councillors are elected to represent their community, so they must either live or work in the area covered by the authority. Being an effective councillor requires both commitment and hard work.Depending on the type of local authority, a council can be responsible for:

  • Education and lifelong learning

  • Social Care

  • Public Health

  • Waste collection and recycling

  • Roads and street lighting

  • Community safety and crime

  • Environment

  • Planning and regulation

  • Taxing and spending

  • Transport

As a councillor, you will be expected to attend Full Council and meetings of whichever committee(s) you're on.

A councillor's responsibilities include: Representing the ward - Developing and reviewing council policy - Community leadership and engagement.

You will also need to spend time visiting constituents, dealing with letters, emails and phone calls from local residents giving them advice and helping to improve your local area.

It sounds like a big task and it is but their are many rewards in getting things done for your constituents and you wouldn't be alone and without support. We will provide you with support and training and an introductory session for prospective candidates has been programmed for Sunday 8th March. Contact us for further details.

Over the coming weeks our website will feature the work of the local County Council and its Councillors.

Winning at local government level can change everything for our party so get out there and have a crack

If you are interested in finding out more about being a council candidate in Suffolk then speak to your local Party officers or email SC3suffolkconference@gmail

If you are a member of the East Suffolk party you can also contact us here by email contact@eastsuffolk-libdems.org.uk

(You can find out more about being a candidate for the party here:www.libdems.org.uk/being-a-candidate)

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