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Local Councillor

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Councillors decide how to run the council services. The people of a local area, known as a ward, elect councillors to represent them on the council. Most councillors are members of a political party, but some are independent.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Pay will vary depending on your local authority. Basic salary for a councillor in Scotland is £16,893 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1126
1.2 %
RISE
2023
1140
  United Kingdom
2018
8532
0.5 %
FALL
2023
8490

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What Does it Take?

You must be:

You should have:

Training

Most parties run training courses on subjects such as election law and procedures, public speaking and personal presentation.

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Be a Councillor
Tel: 020 7664 3000
E-mail: info@local.gov.uk
Website: http://www.beacouncillor.org.uk
Twitter: @beacouncillor

Scottish Conservatives
Tel: 0131 524 0030
Website: http://www.scottishconservatives.com
Twitter: @ScotTories
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishConservatives

Scottish Green Party
Tel: 08700 772 207
Website: https://greens.scot
Twitter: @scotgp
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishGreens

Scottish Labour Party
Tel: 0141 572 6900
E-mail: scotland@labour.org.uk
Website: http://www.scottishlabour.org.uk/
Twitter: @scottishlabour
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishLabourParty/

Scottish Liberal Democrats
Website: http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/
Twitter: @scotlibdems

Scottish National Party (SNP)
Tel: 0800 633 5432
E-mail: info@snp.org
Website: http://www.snp.org/
Twitter: @theSNP
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theSNP

Solidarity SSM
Website: https://solidarity.scot

UK Independence Party (UKIP) Scotland
Website: http://www.ukip.scot
Twitter: @UKIP_Scotland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKIPInScotland/

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