Local Government FAQ
Below there are some common questions, and their answers, around voting. Please click on a question to expand it and see its answer.
How do I contact a councillor?
You can contact your Labour councillors via this website. Alternatively, you can find details about all councillors from Kettering Borough Council and Northants County Council. They will be able to supply their names, addresses and telephone numbers.
When you contact your councillor, they may refer you to an officer of the council, or to another councilor, depending on the nature of your query.
Can I ask a councillor to find something out for me?
Yes, but remember a councillor is bound by the requirements of the Data Protection Act, just as you are. So, if you ask a question about a neighbour, they may not be able to tell you the answer. Where an answer is of public record, for example, a Planning Application he/she may tell you where to find your answer, or be able to give you a direct answer.
What can my councillor do about noisy/nuisance neighbours?
They can supply you with details of how Kettering Borough Council treats the subject and how to start the process. Some things can be done quickly, especially where public health is concerned. If there are rats on a neighbouring property, for example, the council can act very quickly. Your councillor can regularly check up on progress for you.
How do I become a Labour councillor?
In brief, by being a member, being selected to stand in a particular ward or division and then winning the most votes in an election. However, behind this simple statement (and many rules!) we want our councillors to be a success, so we ask them to provide evidence of skills, participation in the local community, understanding of local issues and Labour policies.
People learn-by-doing as well, so councillors will grow with the job.
Do you practice equality in selecting candidates for election?
Yes. We choose candidates irrespective of individual circumstances, ethinic background, disability etc. For example, currently five out of nine Labour councillors on Kettering Borough Council are female.
How do I become mayor?
A mayor, at the moment, is someone who is a councillor and has been selected by all councillors to be deputy mayor for a year. Usually the deputy mayor becomes mayor the following year. Normally the nominees are chosen with all party support. 2013 to 2014 saw Cllr. Keli Watts do a fantastic job of representing Kettering at home and abroad.