To mark the anniversary of the start of the female vote, R4U has proposed a motion for the district council to establish a cross-party committee to proactively drive greater equality and inclusivity.
During February 1918 women in the UK started to get the vote. To mark the centenary, local residents’ party, Residents for Uttlesford, has called for the formation of a new district council committee to take positive steps towards achieving greater equality.
Cllr Light continued “Whilst we have many female officers and councillors, there is still evidently more work to be done because current district council policies and tools are not aspirational and only require the bare minimum of compliance with regulations. Others have suggested establishing an equalities role within the council cabinet, but bestowing a title on someone is frankly just playing lip-service. So we have called on the district council to establish a separate and independent Equality Committee. Our motion has been accepted and will be debated and voted on by the full district council on 22 February. Its purpose will be to ensure that the council, its constitution, and practices are fully equitable and meet modern society’s expectation of equality and inclusivity for all. This is a progressive proposal that we feel all councillors can back, and so we look forward to working with our fellow council colleagues of all parties to make it a reality. If our proposal is adopted by the council, we urge interested residents, both men and women, to put themselves forward for the independent roles that we envisage.”
About Residents for Uttlesford
Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local party of towns and villages. The party was formed by a number of residents’ groups in north-west Essex to provide a strong, independent voice for local people. The party believes that on local issues residents should decide, not politicians from Westminster parties.
R4U is the fastest growing local political movement in the district. In 2015 it became the second party at Uttlesford District Council. In 2017 R4U achieved further gains with a 60% share of the vote in a local district council by-election. Success has been based on the group’s desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.
Residents for Uttlesford also has numerous Town and Parish Councillors. It is the largest party at Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt its finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards.
R4U can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.