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Only 35% of councilors across England are women – which is an increase of less than 1% since the 2019 election – new data has revealed.
The Fawcett Society warns that at the current rate of change, gender parity in local councils will not occur until 2077.
The campaign charity also found that around three-quarters of local councils still did not have maternity or paternity policies in place for their advisers.
Felicia Willow, Interim Executive Director of the Fawcett Society, said: âIt’s been a banner year for new advisors – but the data shows we unfortunately have more of the same. Almost all boards are male dominated. The pace of change in local government is far too slow.
âDuring the pandemic, we have seen how important counseling is for women, whether it is care packages for women with disabilities that have been disrupted or children’s centers for new mothers who have suffered. closures.
âIn the face of this stagnation, political parties that fail to progress must urgently define their action plans for a change of course. The councils are making headway with the policies – now we need to see the parties act. ‘
The Fawcett Society calls on all boards to implement maternity and paternity policies and on the government to legalize remote meetings for all boards to support women with family responsibilities.
He also wants parties to collect complete and accurate data on the diversity of candidate elections and set targets to increase women’s representation.