Parish councils across Staffordshire will have their ordinary elections on 7th May next and many will no doubt already be considering what needs to be done in advance of them. If related guidance has not already been issued it is recommended that Clerks make contact at an early stage with the Returning Officer at their respective District Councils to any confirm budgetary implications that may need to be addressed in the precept demand for 2015/16.
Prospective candidates, be they serving councillors or not, should also familiarise themselves with the election procedures and reconfirm their eligibility to stand. If you are proposing to stand again next May then please remember that to become nominated as a candidate you will need to submit a completed set of nomination papers to the Returning Officer by 4pm on the 19th working day before the poll; the arrangements for delivery will be confirmed by the District Council concerned in due course. The Electoral Commission’s website offers outline guidance for those intending to stand. The following documents will be of particular interest.