Mark Whitehead 26 May 2017

Council reaches ‘new low’ with all male cabinet

Election experts have accused a Welsh county council of reaching a ‘new low for diversity’ after appointing an exclusively male cabinet.

Tory councillor John Thomas, leader of the seven-man team at Vale of Glamorgan, said the new cabinet would bring ‘wealth of professional and political experience’ to the authority.

The council also points out that it has a new female mayor, Janice Charles.

But the Electoral Reform Society says newly-formed council cabinets in Wales do not reflect the fact more than a quarter of councillors are women.

The proportion ranges from 42% in Swansea to 10% in Ynys Mon, where only three women were elected.

Cllr Thomas, who is taking over from a Labour-led administration, said: ‘The new cabinet brings a wealth of professional and political experience to the council and will provide the leadership needed to develop services fit for the 21st Century.’

But ERS Cymru director Jess Blair said: ‘The Vale of Glamorgan council's failure to have any women on their cabinet is a new low for diversity.

‘We have serious concerns that other authorities across Wales are also failing to appropriately diversify their cabinets with all councils so far failing to be gender balanced.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Digital Infrastructure & Inclusion Programme Manager

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
£52,051 - £62,147
It’s exciting times at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Digital Infrastructure Project Manager

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
£37,600 - £50,531
It’s exciting times at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Next Generation Wireless Project Manager

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
£47,631 – £50,531
It’s exciting times at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Liverpool, Merseyside
Recuriter: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Adult Social Worker - Long Term Intervention Team x2 - Carlisle

Cumbria County Council
£31,895 - £32,798
We recognise that our workforce are best placed to design and embed new ways of working to achieve a modern social care service. Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumbria County Council

Independent Living Assessor

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£26,544 - £30,618
We support people’s independence and wellbeing, and work hard to enable them to live in the community with dignity, choice and control. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.