Wakefield invited to join commission on women and local government

Head of local government will ask women across the union to contribute ideas on what should be discussed

UNISON head of local government Heather Wakefield has been invited to join the commission that is being set up to explore the question of Does Local Government Work for Women?

The commission has been set up by the Fawcett Society and the Local Government Information Unit.

While more than  three quarters of local authority employees are women, they are just one third of councillors and 15% of council leaders. All the northern powerhouse combined authority chairs are men.

Council cuts have hit women hardest – as workers and service users. The commission will provide a great opportunity for UNISON women to have their say and put some local power into women’s hands.

Ms Wakefield will be asking for women across the union to contribute their views on what should be discussed.

The commission will be chaired by Margaret Hodge MP and Chichester councillor and Women2Win director Gillian Keegan.