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Civility and Respect Pledge

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Stroud Town Council is taking a stand against bullying and bad behaviour in local councils.

Councillors unanimously agreed to sign up to the Civility and Respect Pledge, launched by the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) and the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

"We are fortunate that at our Town Council we have not had issues with challenging behaviour from councillors or members of the public, but sadly that is not the case elsewhere," said Stroud Mayor Stella Parkes.

"There is no place for bullying, harassment, and intimidation within any walk of life and that includes local councils. We are committed to standing up to poor behaviour across our sector, and to demonstrate positive changes which support civil and respectful conduct."

The Town Council has already several measures in place to promote positive behaviour and to treat others with respect and dignity. Councillors and staff complete a training programme and the council's personnel handbook emphasises the importance of civility and respect.

It is committed to seeking professional help at early stages and supports the continued lobbying for change in legislation, including sanctions for elected members where appropriate.

"As a council we have agreed that we will treat councillors, clerks, employees, members of the public, and representatives of partner organisations and volunteers with civility and respect in their roles," said Councillor Parkes.

"We encourage other parish and town councils in the county to join us in stamping out poor behaviour and to promote positive and inclusive local democracy. No one deserves to be treated unreasonably."

Posted: Mon, 21 Nov 2022 12:08 by Admin team

Tags: Community, Councillors