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Could you be a county councillor?

Have you ever... wanted to get something done for your community, thought that councils' could spend money better, wanted to improve public services, thought that you could do a better job given the chance?

Well now's your chance.

All 70 seats on Lincolnshire County Council will be up for election on May 4.

If you are over 18 years of age and have a connection with the county area, such as being on the electoral register or having lived here for at least a year, then you are eligible to become a councillor.

All sorts of people can become a councillor, all that is needed is a willingness to make a contribution to running the council. No specific skills or qualifications are required.

Training on roles and responsibilities will be offered to all new councillors, together with continuous support provided by council officers to give the background knowledge and understanding needed to help councillors with their duties.

Councillors receive a basic allowance for being a county councillor, and get additional payments when they take on extra responsibilities, such as being a committee chairperson.  Allowances are paid monthly and can include expenses incurred while acting as a councillor - for example mileage allowances for travelling to and from council meetings.

An open meeting for anyone interested in becoming a county councillor is being held at 6pm on Monday, March 6, in the Committee Room, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, which will provide information on the election process and an overview of the role and responsibilities of being a councillor.

For further information please contact Lorraine Bush, Democratic Services Manager, on 01205 314224 or e-mail lorraine.bush@boston.gov.uk