Local Democracy Week 2018
Local Democracy Week is a way of helping people to be more aware of, and more involved with, the issues that really matter in our local communities. In Kirklees, we’re celebrating throughout October 2018.
This year we’re celebrating 150 years since the founding of Batley Borough Council. Look out for the Batley 150 Exhibition opening at Batley Festival on 29 September 2018. Come and learn about Batley’s democratic heritage and get more involved in the civic life of Batley today.
Growing our youth council – be part of it
We’re celebrating Kirklees Youth Council’s 10th anniversary by looking to the future. We’re asking lots of people to share their ideas for how we can grow an even stronger youth council over the next ten years. There are lots of ways to get involved:
Kirklees Question Time
Our next event is a Kirklees Leaders Question Time at Holmfirth Civic Hall on Tuesday 23rd October 2018. You can register to take part in the event and submit your questions online now. You can also follow along live via webcast and twitter.
Our new Working Group for the Kirklees Democracy Commission are overseeing our practical work to grow a stronger local democracy.
Vote 100 – deeds not words
We’re proud to be part of Vote 100, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave some women (and all men over 21) the right to vote.
We’ve created a Vote 100 Kirklees website where you can see a list of upcoming events in Kirklees, get ideas about running your own event and find links to the Centenary Grant Fund, or find out more about the fight for the vote.
Deeds not words
Growing a stronger local democracy
Read our report on the future of local democracy:
Published 30th June 2017
Want to catch up on an event you missed, or take a second look? You can find out what’s already happened here – stories, webcasts & more…
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 reviewed and deliberated all this evidence to help create our landmark report. You can look through the evidence too:
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 grow a stronger local democracy, from the ground up.
Hear from local citizens in our 4 minute film
We’d like you to be part of helping to shape a strong and healthy local democracy here in Kirklees – for the next generation, and beyond.
How should we do democracy here in Kirklees?
Join the debate to help us find out.
We’ll also keep you posted via twitter and email: