We head to the polling station tomorrow (2/5).
WHO ARE WE VOTING FOR?
When you head to the polling station on Thursday you will be voting for one of the three local Councillors that represent your ward.
Bradford Council has 90 Councillors – three representing each of the district’s 30 wards.
There are local elections three out of every four years, meaning each Councillor defends their seat every four years.
Each voter is only able to vote for a Councillor in their own ward.
A number of readers have called for people to “vote out” local MPs at this election over the government’s handling of Brexit. However, this election is only for Councillors.
WHAT DO COUNCILLORS DO?
Councillors make decisions on Council Tax levels, how the district’s budget is spent and have a say on innumerable other issues, from library services to planning applications.
WHAT DO COUNCILLORS EARN?
Bradford Councillors are not paid for being Councillors. Each Councillor is given a basic allowance of £13,042 to “recognise councillor commitments including time spent in meetings with officers and constituents, and attendance at political meetings.” It also covers any additional expenses such as using their homes and telephones.
Councillors with further responsibilities, such as chairs of Council committees and members of the decision making Executive, are given a Special Responsibility Allowance. In 2018 this included £37,056 to leader Susan Hinchcliffe and just under £26,000 to other Executive members.
WHY SHOULD WE VOTE?
People sometimes say they will boycott an election, or spoil their ballot, to “send a message.” However, not voting means you are giving up your say on how the area is run. Voting is more likely to make a change than not voting.