The LGA Labour Women’s Taskforce was established in Spring 2018 to look at the challenges faced by women in local government, and what we in the LGA Labour Group can do to support women who want to become councillors and who are already councillors.
26 out of 118 Labour-led councils are run by women following the 2018 local elections, which when you think about it really isn’t good enough! We need to be making sure women in local government face as few barriers as possible to taking on leadership positions within councils, whatever that may be.
The Taskforce will look at a wide range of issues, such as parental leave for councillors, Labour Party rules, policies for councillors who have caring responsibilities or are suffering from long term sickness, the culture of Labour groups and how this can be more inclusive, and the harassment and abuse that women in local government face. The Taskforce is chaired by Cllr Lib Peck, Deputy Leader of the LGA Labour Group and Leader of Lambeth Council, and comprises of women councillors from England and Wales.
We would love to hear your thoughts on what your experiences have been as a woman in local government, and any thoughts that you think would be of interest to the taskforce. We are planning to do some women’s events as well, so if you have any thoughts on what events you would like to see, please let us know. Please email Hannah Lazell, Political Advisor to the Labour Group firstname.lastname@example.org