Join the debate

Join the debate

Local Democracy Week 2017Local 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. We’re planning a week of events across Kirklees to help you learn more about local democracy. We’re keen to hear from local organisations who want to get involved:

Be part of Local Democracy Week 2017

European Local Democracy Week
Want to be the first to hear the event details?
Make sure you’re signed up to our Kirklees Democracy email list and we’ll send you updates about our Local Democracy Week events.

Previous events
Local democracy event on 30th June 2017

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.

Watch the webcast archiveWatch again

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:

Watch the presentations & Question Time

More information about the event

Full Council debate

Watch again

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

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

Watch againWatch again

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.

Preview evenings

Preview evenings for Kirklees citizens

In April we invited Kirklees citizens to be the first to hear some of the findings and recommendations of the Kirklees Democracy Commission, and to share some ideas about what happens next.

Preview evenings for citizens – 3rd and 5th April 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 participants. You can look through the evidence too:

Our evidence


Local democracy roadshow

Local democracy roadshowIn July and August we held a series of Local democracy roadshows across Kirklees. Thank you to everyone who shared comments, questions and ideas about local democracy at these events. We’ve been looking closely at what you told us, and we put some of your questions to the witnesses at our public inquiries.

When our draft report and recommendations are ready, we’ll be sharing these with our participants to ask what you think.

Join the debateThere will continue to be opportunities for online participation, and we’ll have a public event to introduce the Democracy Commission’s report and recommendations.

Join the debate – keep in touch

Make sure you’re following on twitter and sign up for our email updates….

Join our email list

Follow @kirkdemocracy


You can also email us your comments any time: