Why be a Councillor?
No other role gives you the chance to make such a difference to your local community.
There are many positive reasons to be a Councillor. Some or all of the following may apply to you:
- To make a difference and help shape the future of your local community(ies).
- You may be concerned about your local area and wanting to ensure the community gets the right services.
- You want to make sure that the views of local people are heard and considered when decisions are made.
- You’re not happy with the way your community has been represented and believe you could be a better community champion.
- You have good ideas for the council and community.
- You have a particular set of skills which you can bring to the community.
- To build on other community work through a charity, voluntary group or school governing body
- To help build Plaid Cymru’s presence in the community and ensure Plaid Cymru locally has the right priorities for your area.
As the Welsh Local Government Association states: being a Councillor can also be a career-enhancing, allowing you to develop leadership and analytical skills and to obtain practical and managerial work experience.
Councillors also receive an allowance for their time. For example, all County Councillors received a basic annual salary in 2019/2020 of £13,868.
If you take on additional responsibilities such as a Committee Chairperson or a Council Cabinet position, you will receive an additional salary.