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Who are Britain’s councillors?

by on August 1, 2014

Well according to this report on Left Foot Forward they are: “old, white, wealthy…hard-working?”.  Reporting from a 2013 census : 67.3 per cent of councillors were male, 96 per cent were of white ethnic origin, 13.2 per cent had a long-term health problem or disability and 27.9 per cent had one or more caring responsibilities.  Meanwhile “The average age of a councillor is now over 60, up from 58 a decade ago, while just one in eight are under 45. Almost half of all councillors are retired – 47 per cent, up from 37 per cent in 2001 – with nearly a quarter aged over 70. Despite their age, however, two thirds intend to stand again when their term ends.”

 

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