Would you like to be a local Councillor and make decisions on behalf of the community?

Local elections for the Council will take place on 6 May 2021. This election will determine who represents the community between 2021 and 2025, directly influencing how the islands will respond to future challenges and embrace opportunities for the benefit of all. It is your chance to become a member of the Council and make a tangible difference to the way in which the future of the islands is shaped.

There are 16 seats on the Council: 12 for St Mary’s, 1 for Bryher, 1 for Tresco, 1 for St Martin’s and 1 for St Agnes.

There is no requirement or expectation of prior knowledge for candidates who wish to stand to become a Councillor. If you are elected, you will be supported at all times and receive training to help you be effective in your role.

All Councillors are entitled to claim a basic remuneration – currently, this is £6,165 per annum. Further remuneration is attached to specific roles within the Council.

Councillors make decisions on behalf of the community they represent. These decisions are important and encompass everything from planning applications and housing, to transport and matters of environmental concern. The Council of the Isles of Scilly is unique. In spite of our village-sized population, we have the powers and responsibilities normally associated with large county or metropolitan local authorities.

Some general information on the role of a councillor may be found here: Local Government Association: Be a councillor

To apply

If you wish to stand as a candidate, or want to know more, nomination packs and a recorded briefing session will be available on the Council website from Wednesday 24 March 2021. 

The deadline for candidates to deliver their nomination papers is 4pm on Thursday 8 April 2021. This is a statutory deadline and cannot be extended for any reason.

If you have any questions, please contact us at elections@scilly.gov.uk or phone Joseph Payne, Elections Officer on 01720 424545.

Publishing date: 
Monday, 22 March, 2021