Updated guidance: Engaging with your local politicians

Updated guidance: Engaging with your local politicians

June 25, 2018

In last month’s local elections, over 4,000 seats on 150 councils in England were up for grabs, seeing many candidates re-elected or newly-elected.

Now the dust has settled, it is a good time to reach out to your local representatives by inviting them to visit a pharmacy, showcasing services and demonstrating the value of the sector. LPCs may wish to take this opportunity to contact newly-elected councillors, as well as building on their existing relationships with returning councillors.

Ward councillors will take an interest in businesses and groups within their local community and may provide support for local campaigns where needed. Those who are Cabinet members with a health portfolio will have responsibility for control of the budget for public health in their area, making them key individuals to engage with to try and gain influence. Local politicians also work with their local MPs and can provide a gateway to enabling influence in Westminster.

We have provided a template invitation to help LPCs organise visits to community pharmacies for local councillors. We have also included a template press release to help LPCs work with local media to gain coverage following a visit. The guidance for visits with MPs was also updated recently to include references to PSNC’s latest proposals for community pharmacy services, and should be largely applicable to local councillor visits.

Draft letter to local councillors

Draft press release following local councillor visit

Hosting a pharmacy visit for your local MP

If you have any queries on the guidance provided, or require more information, please contact Zoe Long, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, or Jessica Ferguson, Public Affairs Officer.

This was discussed at PSNC’s July 2018 meeting. A summary of all the topics discussed at that meeting is available here.

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