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Become a Councillor

Be a Councillor.  Be the Change.

  • Do you care passionately about Merthyr Tydfil?
  • Are you ready to make a change?
  • Why not stand for what you believe in and become a local Councillor?

Who can become a Councillor?

Provided you meet the criteria below you could become the next councillor for your ward.  There are no formal qualifications required and Wales needs more women, LGBTQ+ people, disabled people, and young people to stand for elections.  To honour our pledge to become a diverse council which was taken to Council in September 2021, we encourage you to be the change.

All candidates must be:

  • Over 18
  • A UK, EU, Commonwealth or qualifying foreign citizen; and
  • Registered to vote or have lived, worked or owned property in Merthyr Tydfil at least 12 month prior to the election in May 2022.

How to become a Councillor?

Councillors are elected every five years to represent their local community in the running of the local council. The next election will take place on Thursday 5 May 2022.

If you are interested in standing, email the elections team at with any questions and to request a nomination pack.  We would also advise you to read the Electoral Commission Guidance for Candidates and Agents.

Candidates will need to submit nomination papers to the Returning Officer from Monday 21 March 2022 until 4pm on Tuesday 5 April 2022.

Are Councillors paid?

Councillors are entitled to different types of salaries, allowances and expenses dependent on their roles and responsibilities as determined by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales.

The Council will publish all salaries, travel, subsistence and care allowances that are paid to Councillors and co-opted members each year along with any registered personal or financial interests which they are required to report on as per the Code of Conduct.

For more detailed information on the role of a councillor and how to stand, go to: