Women are under represented in politics. The number of female councillors representing us in local authorities has remained virtually in the last 10 years. Next year there is an opportunity to change that with local elections taking place over much of the UK.
There’s plenty of room for improvement. Women make up only:
- 32% of local councillors in England
- 27% in Wales
- 13% of elected mayors
- 3% of council leaders in England, compared to 16.6% in 2004.
Why does it matter?
Local government wields a lot of power and provides many important services that women rely on. It makes up a quarter of all public spending at over a £100 billion.
Women are missing out on influencing these decisions of national and local importance and the different perspectives and experiences of half of the country are not being heard adequately.
Ongoing cuts to local government spending have a hugely disproportionate impact on women, undermining access to key services such as childcare, social care and special services for victims of violence against women.
What you can do
You can read more about the situation regarding women councillors.
Tell us what it’s like in your council or your experience of standing as a councillor. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org