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Diversity in local government

The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee is undertaking an inquiry into diversity in local government

Terms of Reference

  • To understand the importance of diversity among local councillors, including the effect on public engagement, debate and decision making.
  • To understand key barriers to attracting a more diverse pool of candidates for local government elections.
  • To explore areas of innovation and good practice that may help increase diversity in local government.
  • To explore the potential impact of the proposals in the Welsh
    Government’s Green Paper, Strengthening Local Government to increasing diversity in Council chambers

 

Evidence Gathering

The Committee consulted on this topic. The responses have been published.

 

Report

Diversity in local government – 4 April 2019

Welsh Government response (PDF, 567KB) – 19 June 2019

Alternatively if you would prefer to respond to our online survey, which asks more specific questions about local government in your community and your experiences, please go the link below:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5LG8QQW

 

Evidence session

Date, agenda, minutes

Transcript

Video

1.   Welsh Local Government Association and One Voice Wales

 

Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Welsh Local Government Association Leader and Leader of Newport City Council

 

Daniel Hurford, Head of Policy, Welsh Local Government Association

 

Siân Williams, Head of Democratic Services, Conwy County Borough Council

 

Paul Egan, Deputy Chief Executive, One Voice Wales

21 November 2018

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2.   Electoral Reform Society Cymru

Jessica Blair, Director, Electoral Reform Society (ERS) Cymru

21 November 2018

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3.    Representatives of equality organisations

Cerys Furlong, Chief Executive, Chwarae Teg

 

Catherine Fookes, Director, Women's Equality Network (WEN) Wales

 

Uzo Iwobi OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Race Council Cymru

 

Paul Hossack, Senior Associate, Equality and Human Rights Commission

 

5 December 2018

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4.   Representatives of political parties

Mike Payne, Chair, Organisation Committee, Welsh Labour

 

Gareth Clubb, Chief Executive, Plaid Cymru

 

Councillor Bablin Molik, Councillor in Cardiff and Chair of the Cardiff and Vale local party, Welsh Liberal Democrats

 

Roger Pratt, Boundary Review Director, Welsh Conservatives

 

Tom Harrison, Regional Officer, UKIP Wales

 

5 December 2018

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5    Representatives of youth organisations

Kathryn Allen, Vice-President, Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Service

 

Steve Davis, Service Manager, Principle Youth Officers Group

 

Julia Griffiths, Joint Acting Chief Executive, Youth Cymru

 

Chisomo Phiri, Women’s Officer, NUS Wales

5 December 2018

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5      Minister for Housing and Local Government

 

Julie James AM, Minister for Housing and Local Government

 

Lisa James, Deputy Director, Local Government Democracy, Welsh Government

 

Angharad Thomas-Richards, Electoral Reform Programme Adviser, Welsh Government

9 January 2019

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Watch Live on Senedd.TV

 

Summary of surveys

General public survey

Councillor survey

 

Spark video

Diversity in local government

 

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 10/05/2018

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