Read our report on the future of local democracy:
Published 30th June 2017
Growing a stronger local democracy –
University of Huddersfield, 30th June
We held a special event to celebrate the publication of our ‘Growing a stronger local democracy’ report. On the day we shared our findings and recommendations for the future.
Missed our launch event on Friday 30th June 2017? You can watch our webcast archive to hear the presentations and watch our Question Time session:
Hear from local citizens in our 4 minute film
The Kirklees democracy debate
The Democracy Commission’s draft report was debated by all Kirklees councillors at a Full Council meeting on Wednesday 10th May 2017. Have a look at our online story to see a quick recap of the debate in tweets and photos, or watch our webcast archive of the full debate.
Reviewing the evidence
Over 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:
We’ll keep you posted via twitter and email:
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?