Local democracy event on 30th June 2017

Growing a stronger local democracy –
University of Huddersfield, 30th June

Join us for this special event to celebrate the publication of our ‘Growing a stronger local democracy’ report. On the day we’ll be sharing our full findings and recommendations for the future. This event also marks the beginning of our practical work to make it happen.

Workshops & Question Time

Our report includes ideas for working with active citizens, making the most of digital technologies and culture, suggestions about councillors, decision-making and elections, and how we can get local voices heard in regional devolution. Key themes from our draft report

Please come along to hear some new ideas, meet some of the people who are already doing democracy differently elsewhere, ask questions, and take part in our practical workshops to bring the ideas in our report to life.

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More information about the event


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Growing a stronger local democracy –
our draft report & the Full Council debate

The Kirklees Democracy Commission’s draft report was debated by all Kirklees councillors at a Full Council meeting on Wednesday 10th May 2017. You can watch our replay of the full debate, or watch our 4 minute video “Our local democracy” to hear what local citizens think…

Follow us via @kirkdemocracy on twitter for more info and tweet your comments and questions any time using #kirkdemocracy

10 minute read
Growing a stronger local democracy – Key themes from our draft report

Download our draft report
Growing a stronger local democracy, from the ground up (PDF)

Find out more about the debate
Growing a stronger local democracy – the debate

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Watch the debate now

Our Commissioners, all Kirklees councillors and members of Kirklees Youth Council took part in a debate about the future of our local democracy on Wednesday 10th May 2017.

Reviewing the evidence

Our evidence gatheringOver 1,000 people have talked to us about local democracy in Kirklees and beyond. Thank you to everyone who has got involved so far.

  • 88 people took part in discussions at our local democracy roadshow events across Kirklees.
  • We met with the Kirklees Youth Council, Huddersfield University Students Union, partner organisations and other groups.
  • 43 witnesses gave evidence during our public inquiries and evidence gathering sessions.
  • 318 members of the Kirklees e-panel shared their views.
  • 441 Kirklees Council staff shared their views.
  • We have heard from councillors and political groups in Kirklees.
  • We have visited some other councils to learn from their experiences.
  • We’ve also received comments in writing, via social media, via our web site and by email.

We have reviewed and deliberated all this evidence – now we’re sharing our draft report and recommendations with our citizens, councillors and participants. You can look through the evidence too:

Our evidence


We’ll keep you posted via twitter and email:

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Democracy in Kirklees

What should local democracy be like in Kirklees?

Local democracy is about being part of the decisions that affect our everyday lives. It’s about what happens on our street, in our neighbourhoods and across Kirklees. It’s important because it affects all of us.

And because it’s so important, the Kirklees Democracy Commission are working with our citizens and others to take a health check on our local democracy. We’d like you to be part of helping to shape what a strong and healthy local democracy will look like in Kirklees for the next generation and beyond.

How should we do democracy here in Kirklees?

Join the debate to help us find out.