Post by John
In the days when I was a councillor, one had to live within the area
governed by the local authority of which one was a member.
Are you sure?
For donkey's years now, the rule has been:
(a) one is on the electoral roll in a ward of the local authority for
which one seeks election OR
(b) one works at an address within that local authority OR
(c) one has a property qualification within the local government area.
See (for instance) the eligibility criteria for Lichfield Council
(chosen as a neutral example):
I know someone who was a borough councillor for years - even becoming
the mayor - without ever living in the borough in question. Their
qualification was that they both worked in the borough and owned
property there. They were, of course, never on the electoral register of
For county councils, one can qualify by any of the three methods listed
above for district councils.
The qualification rules for parish council candidates are slightly
different, in that a candidate has to live within the parish OR not more
than a certain distance (quite short - only a few miles) outside its
boundary. That is actually tighter, geographically speaking, than the
rules for borough or county council candidates.