Manchester City Council

Being Representative

An interesting piece in the Local Government Chronicle a couple of weeks ago, at least I thought it was interesting, about the average age of Councillors in England. Essentially as a group we've been getting older. In 2004 the average age was 57.8, in 2010 it was 59.7, and its now 60.2. The South-West has the oldest Councillors, average age 62.3, London the youngest at 56.5. Councillors are also 67% male and 96% white which means that by and large councillors really do conform to the stereotype of old men in suits. How does Manchester do in comparison?

One of the impacts of the last three rounds of elections has been that contrary to the national position, Manchester City Council has got younger. I can't go any further back than 2012 without doing a big research job, but in 2012 (based on 2011 elections) the average age was 52.5, in 2013 it was 51.9, and following this year's elections 50.5, almost ten years younger than the national average. The proportion of women has increased too and is now just short of 46%. And we are very much more diverse than the national average including this year what I believe to be the very first Latvian elected anywhere outside Latvia . I'm not going to claim that your 96 Councillors are a representative sample of the Manchester population but they do reflect the diversity of our city and like the population of the city itself, we are getting younger.

 

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  1. Val Stevens Says:

    Moving in the right direction. Glad I could help by retiring.

 

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