A CAMPAIGN has been launched to encourage people from all walks of life across Renfrewshire to consider a career in politics.
Elections for all 32 of Scotland’s councils – including Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire – will take place in May this year and it is hoped that more people stand as candidates.
And, in an effort to help, bosses at The Improvement Service and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) have teamed up to produce a guide for prospective candidates which tells them everything they need to know about making a bid for a place in the corridors of power.
A Candidate’s Guide To Becoming A Councillor is available to anyone who is interested in standing at the Scottish local government elections, regardless of their political persuasion or affiliation.
The guide covers all aspects of the role, providing comprehensive and practical advice on a councillor’s duties, responsibilities and expectations.
Current elected members also offer an insight into their own experiences.
Information on how to sign up as a candidate for the May 2012 elections is also available within the downloadable guide, which features links to other external resources for prospective candidates.
Councillor Pat Watters, President of COSLA, believes the guide will prove to be an invaluable resource for those people considering standing as candidates next May.
He told the Paisley Daily Express: “The role of elected members in Scotland has never been more important and we are always looking to attract new faces.
“Elected members play a crucial role at the heart of Scotland’s communities. The cross on the ballot box that elects an elected member is no bigger or smaller than the cross that elects the First Minister or Prime Minister and we consider it an honour to serve our local communities.
“This guide has everything for those interested in becoming elected members, regardless of whether they are attached to a party or wish to stand as an independent candidate, and will help them through the process from start to finish.
“The duties, responsibilities and expectations are all explained in great detail and I’m certain this guide will prove to be very helpful over the coming months.”
l A Candidate’s Guide To Becoming A Councillor is available to download via www.improvementservice.org.uk