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 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.

Local Democracy Week 2017

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.

Next steps for the Kirklees Democracy Commission
Cross-party motion on Kirklees Democracy Commission recommendations