Abstracts: August 9th, 2001

WOMEN councillors interviewed for an LGA report cited the attitudes of male colleagues towards them and the aggressive nature of local politics as amongst their key reasons for standing down from local government. Based on research through focus groups, the report highlights some of the key reasons why certain groups including women, ethnic minorities and the full time employed are under represented in local government and what local councils need to do to tackle this. The main problem identified by women was balancing family life and council duties. Unsociable meeting times, the difficulty of arranging childcare and feelings of guilt about spending time away from their children were all fundamental issues for women councillors.The report is available from IDeA Publication Sales on 0207 296 6600 Fax: 0207 296 6600 ISBN 1 84049 225