That would mean about 1200 councilors nationwide. A quarter of them say it has affected their functioning. In 2015 this was still 15 percent. The councilors face threats and intimidation, and even death threats. This is done by e-mail or letter, but also by telephone and on the street.
No less than 82 percent of councilors believe that digital meetings have made their work less enjoyable.
Nevertheless, three quarters of the sitting councilors are running for re-election for the upcoming municipal elections in March. They called the council work very satisfying and became so because they wanted to contribute to society.
High working pressure
Council members spend an average of 16 to 20 hours a week on their council work, in addition to their regular job. On average, conducting opposition takes more time than if you are part of a coalition party.
Council members quit mainly because of the high workload. The bad atmosphere in the city council can also play a role or family that exerts pressure to stop. Half of the people who quit are not satisfied with the level of the council.