Antisemitism in Local Authorities

Burnley Borough Council

International Definition of Antisemitism

The Council has adopted the International Definition of Antisemitism in full, including all of its examples.

The Definition was adopted on 22nd February 2017.

The Council has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that: “…examples were not specifically excluded.”

The Council has told Campaign Against Antisemitism that it does apply the Definition in disciplinary matters.

This information was obtained after Campaign Against Antisemitism submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on 9th August 2021, to which the Council responded on 26th August 2021.

As part of its response, the Council provided a copy of adoption by the Leader of Burnley Council dated 22nd February 2017, which shows that the Definition was adopted.


No incidents relating to the Council’s officials or councillors have been reported to us, however we recognise that antisemitism is chronically underreported and it is possible that there are incidents that have not been reported. To report an incident, please contact us.