Diversity in local government



The Local Government and Housing Committee published its report on Diversity in Local Government on 17 October 2023. (PDF 696KB)


The Local Government and Housing Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry into diversity in local government.


The aim of the inquiry will be to:


>>> To assess progress made to improve diversity in local government since passing the Local Government and Election (Wales) Act 2021 and any tangible impact on candidates standing for election.

>>> To consider the progress in implementing the recommendations in the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee’s 2019 report on diversity in local government.

>>> To explore research and analysis being undertaken by the Welsh Government, partner bodies and others on the diversity of candidates and outcomes following the 2022 local elections.

>>> To examine schemes established to promote and enable greater diversity among those standing for election, including the Access to Elected Office Fund.

>>> To explore areas of innovation and good practice that may help increase diversity in local government.


Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

First published: 14/08/2023

Background papers