We're challenging Milton Keynes to improve representation among its Councillors.
Just a few pounds from you will help us become candidates in the election on 7th May 2020. Help elect us as WEP Councillors so we can push the other parties on the Council to engage more with voluntary agencies and residents, and fight for long-term assured funding for the services that support women, the vulnerable and families.
£20 will buy a banner, £50 will pay for social media adverts, while £100 will print leaflets.
Why does better representation matter?
Representation shapes policy. We believe that equal representation leads to fairer decisions and more equal outcomes.
“Representative councils are best able to speak to, and for, their communities and to support the effective business of local government. Democracy and decision-making are strengthened when councillors reflect the people they seek to serve and represent." (Local Government Association, 2019)
Some facts about the Milton Keynes population…
- 51% females and 49% males (2011 Census)
- Some wards within Milton Keynes have more than average numbers of people who are claiming Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independent Payment.
(MK Council, 2016/17 JSNA Adults with a Physical Disability)
Did you know, in the May 2019 local election…
- Only 37% of ALL the sitting MK councillors were women (21 women, 36 men)
- Despite the MK Council achieving a more gender-balanced Cabinet with 5 women and 4 men, the high-status Planning Committee still has 10 men and only one woman
- There was no data collected about whether MK candidates were also parents or carers or whether any councillors were also disabled, BME or LGBT+
Here are MK's current councillors by party:
It’s time to balance the picture
Together you and the Women’s Equality Party can challenge the bigger parties to improve their representation.
- We must increase the proportion of women councillors from 1 in 3 to 1 in 2
- We must increase female leadership in ‘high status’ committee roles, such as budget and planning
- We must attract more people with diverse life experiences into the council
- We must collect data about how many serving councillors are women, parents or carers and how many are disabled, BME or LGBT+ to expose the representation gaps, to better understand the barriers and to help design remedies.
- We must have women represented equally in the plans to achieve the target for MK to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Big parties have big money; they make big promises, but do they deliver outcomes that benefit everyone?
Just a few pounds from you will help us make a difference. The more we raise, the more we can do to improve representation for you and the residents of Milton Keynes.
Jane Whild & Amanda Carter-Philpott