Debating and disagreeing with one another is a healthy part of democracy, but abuse and intimidation crosses the line into dangerous territory. The right engagement matters.
7 in 10 councillors reported experiencing abuse or intimidation in the last year according to the LGA's 2022 councillor census.
Our call for change
We are starting to build a picture of the level of abuse and intimidation councillors receive on a daily basis for simply carrying out the role in their community.
Anyone, regardless of their background or political affiliation, should feel safe to become a councillor and be proud to represent their community.
But the increasing level of abuse and intimidation aimed at local politicians is preventing elected members from representing the communities they serve, deterring individuals from standing for election and undermining local democracy.
What are we trying to achieve?
Our Debate Not Hate campaign aims to raise public awareness of the role of councillors in their communities, encourage healthy debate and improve the responses and support for local politicians facing abuse and intimidation.
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Debate Not Hate: Campaign toolkit
Our new toolkit outlines different ways councils and councillors can support the Debate Not Hate campaign objectives and take action.
Debate Not Hate: Sign our public statement
Councillors, MPs and organisations: Add your voice to our Debate Not Hate public statement.
Debate Not Hate: The impact of abuse on local democracy
Our call for evidence of abuse and intimidation of councillors was launched in October 2021. This report sets out the findings and recommendations for the future of local democracy.