Signed Civility and Respect Pledge

Throughout the sector, there are growing concerns about the impact bullying, harassment and intimidation is having on councils, councillors and staff and the resulting effectiveness of local councils. In response, the Civility and Respect Project has been founded by the Civility and Respect Working Group and is supported by representatives from across the sector including Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC), National Association of Local Councils (NALC), County Associations and One Voice Wales (OVW).

By signing the Pledge, Broughton Gifford Parish council is agreeing that it will treat councillors, clerks, employees, members of the public, and representatives of partner organisations and volunteers with civility and respect in their roles, and that it:

  • has put in place a training programme for councillors and staff
  • has signed up to the Code of Conduct for councillors
  • has good governance arrangements in place including staff contracts and a Dignity at Work policy
  • will seek professional help at early stages should civility and respect issues arise
  • will commit to calling out bullying and harassment if and when it happens
  • will continue to learn from best practice in the sector and aspire to being a role model / champion council e.g., via Local Council Award Scheme
  • supports the continued lobbying for change in legislation to support the civility and respect, including sanctions for elected members where appropriate.

You can find a copy of the signed pledge here.