Vale of Glamorgan Council to make Diverse Council Declaration
The Vale of Glamorgan Council is set to become a champion of diversity in local government in Wales by formally agreeing a Diverse Council Declaration.
Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of the Council, will seek endorsement of the declaration by all Vale Councillors at the next full council meeting on 26 July, after the Council’s Cabinet endorsed the move at their meeting this week. The declaration is expected to be supported by all political groups.
Endorsing the declaration is a key element in the Council’s support for the Diversity in Democracy programme, led by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), which aims to advance equality and diversity in councils before the 2022 elections.
By agreeing to the declaration this month, the Vale of Glamorgan Council is making a clear public commitment to:
• Improve diversity.
• Create an open and welcoming culture to all.
• Consider staggering Council meeting times and agreeing recess periods to support Councillors with other commitments
• Set out an action plan of activity ahead of the 2022 Local Government Elections.
Cllr Neil Moore said: “The Vale of Glamorgan Council is committed to diversity. In practical terms this means bringing into decision making people with a wider range of life experiences.
“More diverse and inclusive local democracy can only be a good thing for residents of Vale, more of whom we hope will in future see themselves represented in the council chamber.
“I am proud to be taking this declaration to next week’s meeting of full council and even more so that I am doing so confident that it will receive cross party support.”
Following the endorsement of the Diverse Council Declaration, the Council will establish a working group to deliver on the commitment ahead of the next round of local elections.
Earlier this month, the Council’s Cabinet set out its support for the Welsh Government’s “ambitious and radical” Race Equality Action Plan for an Anti-Racist Wales in the Council’s formal consultation response.