Civic Revival

Principles we should expect of our locally elected representatives

A set of guiding principles for local democratic civic leadership is being launched by Civic Revival ahead of this year's local elections on Thursday 6 May.

They have been developed through consultation and discussion with civic activists from around the country, with the intention of setting down how people can reasonably expect their local representatives to act in their best interests.

Nine principles for local Democratic Civic Leadership: what we ask of those standing for the 2021 Local Elections will be unveiled and discussed at the online event Empowering Our Communities, organised by Civic Revival with Democracy4Bexhill, taking place on Sunday 28th March, 11am-1pm.

The principles cover subjects including openness and honest communication, recognition of the climate crisis in local decision-making, protection of the character and identity of our places, supporting the local economy, community empowerment, fostering community expression, facilitating informed local debate and cross-party collaboration where it is in the best interests of everyone.

Civic Revival founders Peter Stonham and Richard Walker share the belief that it is important to set down clearly what has emerged from the past year's Civic Revival discussions about the way local councils are either succeeding or failing to reflect the most important expectations of local people.

The nine principles are designed to be put before all candidates to test their acceptance of these expectations for how they will carry out their duties as elected representatives.

Click here to read the principles in full.