Becoming a councillor
Qualifying criteria for a Common Councillor PDF (33KB)Date submitted: 12/06/19
Job description for a Common Councillor PDF (205KB)Date submitted: 12/06/19
Aldermen are a team of ambassadors and stewards of the City for the long-term economic success and social well-being of the UK.
Together, the Court of Aldermen:
- Promote the relevance and credibility of the “Civic, Commercial, Corporation, Charitable, Cultural, and Community” efforts of the City in collaboration with fellow elected Members and stakeholders
- Engage locally, nationally and globally on behalf of the City identifying, accessing, convening, messaging and profiling issues that are of relevance to stakeholders; and
- Protect the integrity of the City of London Corporation and its wider institutions by providing oversight, scrutiny and guidance while serving and providing leadership in their Wards.
They also ensure continuity and coherence on behalf of the City of London, the oldest continuous democracy in the world, and work closely with Members of the Court of Common Council (of which they are also full members).
Qualifying criteria for an Alderman PDF (33KB)Date submitted: 12/06/19
The City is divided into 25 Wards. Each has one Alderman and between two and ten councillors, depending on the size of the electorate. In total, there are 25 Aldermen and 100 Common Councillors.
Aldermen are elected for six years from their date of election, so there is no single date on which they are elected. There is, however, a local election for all 100 councillors every four years and occasional by-elections. The next local election will be in March 2021.