Local Government Election 2022

Information for candidates and agents

Information including details of briefings and nomination packs will be on this page when published.

Notice of Election and Notice of Poll

Nomination pack

Electoral Commission resources

Being a local councillor

The government's Improvement Service has produced a guide for people thinking about standing for election as a local councillor.

Financial assistance for disabled people running in the 2022 Local Government Election

The Access to Elected Office Fund offers financial assistance to disabled people running in the 2022 Local Government election and in any by-elections for Local Authority and Scottish Parliament seats. The fund is delivered by Inclusion Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government. 

Take part in the Scottish Government's diversity survey

The Scottish Government has been working closely with a range of stakeholders, including the Electoral Management Board for Scotland (EMB), the Electoral Commission (EC), COSLA and the Improvement Service, to improve the availability of data on the diversity of candidates and elected members in Scotland. This is important so that  the Scottish Government and local authorities can understand how representative our candidates and elected members are of the communities they serve. 
All candidates standing for election at the 2022 local council elections are being invited to complete a brief voluntary questionnaire during the nomination period in March. The survey will collect data on the demographic characteristics, previous experience and caring responsibilities of both candidates and councillors elected. The questionnaire has been developed with input from stakeholders and academics, and most of the questions mirror questions in the 2022 Census and/or the Scottish Household Survey so that we can compare data from the survey to the national picture. Candidates will have the option to complete a paper questionnaire or complete the form online ensuring their needs and preferences are met and to enable participation by all. 

A report and aggregated data tables will be published by the Scottish Government following the results of the 2022 local government elections.