If you are passionate about the local area and want to represent your local community, then stand to be a councillor.
What makes a good councillor?
- Promoting the work of the council
- Representing views of the community
- Leadership and team work
- Balanced decision making
- Strong listening skills
You can find more information on the following websites:
- Local Government Association website
- Be a councillor website
- The Fawcett Society website
- National Association of Local Councils website
Represent the local community and interests of residents
The participation of women and men, as our elected councillors and as our leaders, is an important condition for effective democracy and good governance.
‘A 2017 report - the result of a year-long study led by Fawcett in partnership with the Local Government Information Unit - asked ‘Does Local Government Work for Women?’. It found that since 1997 women’s representation on Councils has almost flat-lined; at the current rate of progress it will take 48 years to reach equality.’ (Page 5 in the Fawcett Society’s Report May 2020)
‘Research has shown that, as more women move into positions of influence and decision-making, women’s experiences and perspectives are more likely to be taken into account – for example in policy development, planning and resource allocation.’ (Page 5 in the Fawcett Society’s Report May 2020)
This means that overall democracy and decision-making are strengthened when councillors reflect the people they serve and represent.