Local Democracy Week – Being a Councillor


We’re in the middle of Local Democracy Week and councils all over the country are engaging with communities to help them understand what the role of the council is.

Cardiff Youth Council have produced a video called “Whose City Is This” that describes the different levels of representation we have.


The leader of The City of Cardiff Council and Llanishen Councillor, Phil Bale, explains how the council are, “taking the public cabinet on the road” to mark Local Democracy Week. The council have a dedicated page with links to information and tools.


The next local council elections are in May 2017 and the process of selecting candidates is already underway.

We’ve already started collating a list of candidates in Cardiff North and we urge local parties and independent candidates to get in touch.

If you’re unsure what a councillor does, there are some videos from the Welsh Government featuring councillors in South Wales talking about their role. The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) have a guide for candidates that explains what the role involves and how to become a candidate.

In this video Councillors from local authorities in South Wales – including Rhiwbina Councillor Jayne Cowan – discuss how they got involved in local government, the challenges they have faced and why it is important to have a diverse representation on our Councils.


We’ve asked the current Cardiff North Councillors to write for us explaining what their typical week involves and we’ll publish these over the coming weeks.