If your local Council isn’t already supporting WASPI, the following suggestions and templates are a few examples of letters from local groups to their respective District & County Councils, please feel free to use them, adapt them to your situation, or totally ignore them! We know other areas have had brilliant success with this task and probably used different approaches, but we have these resources and are happy to share them – if only as giving an idea of how to go about it.
We suggest approaching District Councils first and then County Council. If you have other WASPI groups within your County, then working together would be good so you do not overlap and have a planned joint approach for the County Council. We have not felt it appropriate to take this action with town or parish councils.
You may want to email councillors individually rather than one email to all councillors which although more time consuming is worthwhile as it produces more results.
Template 1 can be used to email individual District Councillors (and to follow up with a phone call if no response). Click here to view as a PDF online (opens in a new tab) or follow the link below to download an editable document for your own use.
If this was not successful, Group Coordinators and any other willing members sent the Template 2 letter, targeting either the majority party Councillors or Conservative Councillors first, moving on to others if no success. For most District Councils this found someone willing to propose the motion. Click here to view as a PDF online (opens in a new tab) or follow the link below to download an editable document for your own use.
Once the motion was on the Full Council Agenda, the next stage was for Coordinators, or again willing members to send the Template 3 email asking all Councillors to support the motion. Click here to view as a PDF online (opens in a new tab) or follow the link below to download an editable document for your own use.
You may get a response saying that this is a national matter. It is advisable to reply, agree that it was a national matter but one with local implications and urge the councillor to consider supporting women in their ward.
When you go to the council meeting it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for the local press, it’s a really good place to cultivate contacts – take spare leaflets with you to hand out and try to get the press and the councillors involved in a ‘photo shoot.
Councils supporting the motion have agreed to lobby their MPs, write to Government Ministers and support with local action (eg, use of council areas under their public liability insurance for local action day). Councillors have offered to promote WASPI in their Ward newsletters and we will be keeping them up to date with activities in their areas. We have also been offered to include an article in their District newsletter/magazine. These are really positive results.
Click on the links below to download the Templates as editable documents: