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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.



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:


Evidence session

Date, agenda, minutes



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

Read transcript

Watch on Senedd.TV

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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