UK Local Government Associations: Joint Statement on Civility in Public Life

In August 2020, the elected leaders of the UK's local government associations - COSLA, LGA, NILGA and WLGA - agreed a joint statement in support of the Civility in Public Life Programme.

The intimidation and abuse of Councillors, in person or otherwise, undermines democracy; it can prevent elected members from representing the communities they serve, prevent individuals from standing for election and undermine public trust in democratic processes. 

These harmful behaviours, whether occurring towards, between or by elected members are entirely unacceptable. 

Across our four nations COSLA, LGA, NILGA and WLGA commit to promoting Civility in Public Life, positive debate and resultantly supporting the wellbeing of our elected members.