Our new toolkit outlines different ways councils and councillors can support the Debate Not Hate campaign objectives and take action.
Councillors are at the centre of local democracy. They are representatives of their local areas, working on behalf of communities, providing a vital link between councils and residents.
It is a privilege and responsibility to be elected to public office, something which anyone should feel safe and proud to enter into. However increasing levels of public intimidation and toxicity of debate aimed at local politicians is having a real impact on democracy.
We need to see concrete action to protect current councillors and ensure potential future councillors feel safe to stand for election.
Since launching the Debate Not Hate campaign in June at the LGA's annual conference, we have seen over 400 councillors sign up to our public statement and councils committing to tackle this issue, publicly denouncing the unacceptable abuse councillors and officers face.
The LGA's new Debate Not Hate campaign toolkit includes a range of suggested actions and resources councillors and councils can get involved with, including social media assets, posters and template letters for councils and councillors.