Becoming a Councillor
Are you considering standing for election or want more information about how to become a councillor?
The next scheduled Local Government Elections are due in May 2017. If a vacancy occurs during the term of office then a by-election will be held within 3 months.
Please see a downloadable "Guide to becoming a Councillor" (PDF, 420kb) or find further information below.
- Skills and Eligibility to become a Councillor
- The Election Process
- Political Parties and Independent Candidates
- The Councillor's role and responsibilities
- Councillors Ethics and Standards
- Common Questions about being a Councillor
- Who are the current Councillors?
- Useful Links
The Moray Council is one of 32 Unitary Local Authorities in Scotland and within the Council there are 26 Local Councillors representing 8 multi-member wards and Councillors represent local people and Moray as a whole, when decisions are being made by the Council.
Councillors have to balance the needs and interests of the residents and voters in the area within regulatory requirements and budget constraints. Councillors therefore play a central role in the decision making within The Moray Council.
The Council is responsible for a diverse range of statutory, regulatory and discretionary services covering for example Community, Care, Education, Environment, Leisure, Roads and Transport.
To carry out these functions, the Council employ approximately 5144 people (March 2010). The Moray Council's budget for 2010/11 equates to approximately £198.59 million.