Local and Equal: Does local government work for women?

Local government plays an important role in all our lives: it provides vital care and social services, influences economic development in our neighbourhoods and is a vital part of the UK’s democratic system.

• Local councils spend around £95bn a year
• Women make up over 75% of the local government workforce
• Women are only 33% of local councillors, 19% of elected mayors and 13% of council leaders.

(as of 2016)

‘Local and Equal – does local government work for women?’ is a year long commission by the Fawcett Society and Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) to answer this question. The commission is jointly chaired by Dame Margaret Hodge MP and Cllr Gillian Keegan, Director of Women2Win, alongside a host of expert commissioners with expertise in local government, women and BAME political representation and devolution …

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