Model motion to adopt parental leave – Labour Group (Wales)

Information on the model motion to adopt parental leave from the Labour Group within the area of Wales.

This Labour Group notes:

  •  That in 2017 the EHRC found in their “Who runs Wales” report that on average across Wales that only 26% of councillors are women, and only 9% of Council leaders are women;
  • As of October 2020, only 28 out of 121 Labour councils and only 31 out of 143 opposition Labour Groups are led by women;
  • As of October 2020, 27 councils have passed the LGA Labour Group’s Parental Leave policy, and an additional 9 councils have their own parental leave policy in place. Almost 40 Labour Groups have passed the Labour Group parental leave policy;
  • That the equalities section of the Labour Party Democracy Review mandates all Labour councils and Labour Groups to introduce a parental leave policy for to cover their group and their council as applicable;
  • That the role of a councillor should be open to all, regardless of their background, and that introducing a parental leave policy is a step towards encouraging a wider range of people to become councillors, and is also a step to encourage existing councillors who may want to start a family to remain as councillors;
  • That parental leave must apply to parents regardless of their gender, and that it should also cover adoption leave to support those parents who choose to adopt;
  • That this motion is in line with the Wellbeing and Future Generations Act, and is another step in creating a more Equal Wales.

This Labour Group resolves:

  • To adopt the parental leave policy drafted by the LGA Labour Group’s Women’s Taskforce to give Labour councillors an entitlement to parental leave after giving birth or adopting;
  • To ensure that councillors with children and other caring commitments are supported as appropriate;
  • To take a motion to full council to adopt the policy so that parental leave is available to all councillors, regardless of the political party they are a member of;
  • To notify the LGA Labour Group that we have passed the parental leave policy as a Labour Group and that a motion will be taken to full council to pass a parental leave policy as a council.