Laura Sharman 10 August 2020

Local government associations pledge to tackle abuse of councillors

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The UK's four local government associations have pledged to work together to tackle the rise in abuse targeted at elected members.

The Local Government Association (LGA), the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) have issued a joint statement committing to promote civility in public life and debate.

The joint statement reads: '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.'

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