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Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has joined with councillors and prospective councillors to celebrate the progress of the Welsh Government’s Diversity in Democracy Programme.
Report containing the findings and recommendations of the group for improving the candidates survey and diversity in Local Government.
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The programme aims to increase the diversity of individuals standing for election to local government.

It will raise the profile of local government, through a variety of measures. These include:

  • mentoring support
  • publicity campaign
  • work with employers
  • exit Interview Scheme
  • support for candidates with disabilities
  • action for political parties
  • improving the local government candidates survey.

We are working with diversity champions from all 22 local authorities to provide mentoring to prospective candidates and raise the profile of the role of councillor.

If you are a county councillor and wish to be a mentor on the Diversity in Democracy Mentoring programme, complete the diversity champion / mentor contact details form.

The 1-1 mentoring programme is now closed, however, you can still take part in peer networking events and training by contacting

Be a Councillor: 2017

  • Do you care passionately about your local community? 
  • Is there something you want to change? 
  • Are you ready to take challenging decisions? 
  • Why not stand for what you care about and become a local councillor? 

This guide (external link) is intended to be used as a quick introduction to the basic information that you need to consider when planning to stand for office. There are links throughout to more detailed information on the Internet and insights from serving councillors to help you decide if being a councillor is for you.