Here’s our timeline of what’s happening when:
July to August 2016 – Local democracy roadshows
We held sessions in different parts of Kirklees, where residents and interest groups could come along, get involved in the debate and share ideas. People also contributed online and we began gathering evidence from other organisations.
September to October 2016 – Public inquiries
We held 27 public inquiries where we heard from expert witnesses and considered all the evidence that we’ve gathered so far. These sessions were webcast wherever possible and people also joined the debate online.
November to December 2016 – Group discussions
We gathered further evidence through a series of discussions with political groups, partner organisations, Kirklees Youth Council and newly elected councillors.
January to February 2017 – Deliberations
We’re deliberating all the evidence that we’ve gathered, from over 1,000 participants.
March 2017 – Report writing
We’ll create a report and recommendations, based on everything that we’ve learned.
April to May 2017 – Sharing our recommendations
We are sharing our findings with participants. We held two preview events for Kirklees citizens. We then published our draft report and our recommendations, which will be considered by Kirklees councillors at a special Full Council meeting on 10th May 2017.
Download our draft report:
Growing a stronger local democracy, from the ground up (PDF)
June 2017 – Promoting our work more widely
We held an event on Friday 30th June 2017 to share our work with other regional and national organisations.
Report launch event:
Growing a stronger local democracy – 30th June 2017
October 2017 – Local Democracy Week
We held a special extended programme of events to celebrate Local Democracy Week. This gave us our first opportunity to host a Kirklees Question Time with party leaders (as recommended in our report), to provide free workshops for citizens who want to learn more about democracy, and to enable our young citizens to take part in local decision-making.
November 2017 – Approval by Full Council
At a Full Council meeting on Wednesday 15th November 2017, Kirklees Councillors approved the recommendations in our final report, agreed to form a cross party working group (including councillors from the different political parties) and gave the Head of Democracy strategic responsibility for progressing the work.