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.

Local democracy roadshow

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.

Public inquiries calendar

What’s a public inquiry?

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.

Our evidence

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.

Preview evenings
Full Council debate – 10th May 2017

Download our draft report:
Growing a stronger local democracy, from the ground up (PDF)

10 minute read:
Growing a stronger local democracy – Key themes from our draft report

June 2017 – Promoting our work more widely

We’ll hold 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