On Thursday May 5th, large swathes of the country will go to the polls for local elections. All councils in Wales and Scotland are up for election, along with every London borough and a variety of other councils in England (33 metropolitan boroughs, 21 unitary authorities and 60 district councils, along with seven directly-elected mayors). Northern Ireland has no local council elections, but crucially is voting to elect its next 90-member devolved assembly. These elections are taking place against the backdrop of cost of living pressures and the crisis in Ukraine, but it’s an excellent opportunity to bring so many other issues to the fore as well. To make sure your charity approaches campaigning in the most effective way, here are our top tips for campaigning in the local and NI elections.