Nick Beale Wrote:
Adriana Wrote:Nick, have you just done a research assignment on diversity of councillors? Very interesting/worrying that no progress is being made.
I've just been in this job rather a long time, briefing members on developments and I have a reasonable memory (except when I referred to the "1996 White Paper" - it was actually 1998, sorry).
A thought on the consultation ... currently, Councillors are on average older than the general population and more likely to be retired. If they were younger and more often in full-time employment, wouldn't they have less time to devote to Council work than the current cohort? Where would that leave all the proposed additional roles?
My own view is that you can't countenance trying to shape the cohort of councillors (for age and so on) without first strengthening the protections the role enjoys. When I was an elected member on a small(ish) district I found my employers (a third sector organisation, then a major outsourcing company) not especially co-operative. Like a lot of people who face much worse discrimination in the workplace I found the gap between what the law said, what employment policies said, and what my manager would countenance was troublingly large. However, I can't see how we can fix this easily, since the problem currently is not the law but how you enforce a legal right to time off without fracturing the relationship with your employer / boss.