Local and National Election Results 2010
Following the national and local elections held in May 2010, it's a good idea to make early contact with local politicians - particularly those newly elected.
Establishing a good relationship with local Councillors and MPs can help with your future funding, development and profile.
We'll be lobbying the government on advice sector issues and encourage you to do the same. Click here to find out more and download a template letter.
Here are some other ideas for local, post election action:
- Write a letter to every Councillor and MP, congratulating them on their election and inviting them to come and meet you and see the work you do
- If you work closely with other advice agencies/are part of a local advice forum or network, suggest to other agencies that a lunch meeting or evening reception is held to talk about local advice provision with local Councillors (and MPs). Make sure the local press take a photograph
- Seek an opportunity to contribute to the Induction Programme organised by the local authority for new Councillors.
Identify those Councillors who represent wards where you are doing neighbourhood work and find an opportunity to profile your work to them in the neighbourhood
- If the Leader and/or Cabinet Member responsible for the advice or your funding changes, seek an early meeting with the new post holder
- Research the work background and interests of new Councillors and MPs and make links with your work
(Thanks to NAVCA for these ideas)
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