We’re delighted to receive a special award from ADSO

We’re delighted to receive a special award from ADSO

ADSO special award for Kirklees Democracy Commission
John Austin (ADSO Chair), Cllr Andrew Marchington (Kirklees Democracy Commissioner) and Carl Whistlecraft (Head of Democracy for Kirklees Council)

ADSO (the Association of Democratic Services Officers) have created a special award to acknowledge the Kirklees Democracy Commission’s “outstanding work in promoting local democracy.”

Chair of ADSO, John Austin, said:

“ADSO are delighted to present our very first special award to the Kirklees Democracy Commission for their outstanding work in promoting better local democracy. ADSO seeks to encourage and promote best practice in governance and democracy and we feel that the Commission epitomises that perfectly.

“We are so impressed with the Commission’s work and findings, which are comprehensive, innovative, ambitious and inclusive. We are proud to be associated with this work.”

ADSO have supported our work from the outset and, as the professional body who support people working in governance and democratic services across the country, they also gave valuable evidence to the Commission.

Speaking at the launch of the Kirklees Democracy Commission’s report, John said he believes that many of the Commission’s recommendations are relevant for other councils, and he hopes to see others following the Kirklees lead.

We’d like to say thank you to John and to everyone at ADSO for all the support and encouragement they have given us, and for creating this equivalent of a “players’ player” award especially for us.

Our work to promote a better local democracy is an ongoing commitment, and we are grateful to have the support of organisations like ADSO to help us share what we’re learning whilst we deliver on our recommendations for the citizens of Kirklees.

Find out more

Video: John Austin at the Commission’s report launch

ADSO Annual Conference 2017

ADSO’s evidence (PDF)

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