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Criteria for becoming a Councillor?

To become a councillor of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council you must:
  • be 18 years of age or over and on the electoral register of the local authority that you wish to stand for
  • have worked in the area for the past 12 months or more
  • have occupied land in the area, either as an owner or tenant, for 12 months or more.

To assess whether you fit the criteria to become a councillor, please refer to the Local Government Act 1972, which outlines the qualification details in full.

You cannot be a councillor if you:

  • Work for Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council; (this only applies to becoming a county borough councillors - not community councillors) or
  • Hold a politically restricted post in another authority; or
  • Are bankrupt; or
  • Have served a prison sentence (including suspended sentences) of 3 months or more within the last 5 years; or
  • Have been disqualified under legislation relating to illegal or corrupt practices