Here’s an overview of the Kirklees Democracy Commission Working Group meeting on Wednesday 18th July 2018. We’ve included a summary, documents, information about how you can get involved, the full webcast, tweets and photos.
Summary of the meeting
This was the second full meeting of our Working Group, who are overseeing our practical work to grow a stronger local democracy. We talked about our work to put councillors at the heart of our organisation, how we are developing a new approach to citizen engagement, our plans for improving electoral registration, our recommendations for other organisations (such as the government and West Yorkshire Combined Authority), and the format of our Kirklees Question Time events.
Documents from this meeting:
- Agenda for the Working Group, 18th July 2018 (PDF)
- Minutes of the Working Group, 18th July 2018 (PDF)
- Report: Putting the Councillor at the heart of the organisation (PDF)
- Report: Developing a Citizen Engagement Framework (PDF)
- Report: Improving Electoral Registration (PDF)
- Report: Recommendations for External Bodies (PDF)
How citizens can get involved
1. A new approach to citizen engagement
We want to engage with our citizens in a way that you find meaningful and relevant. Citizens have told us that our current approach isn’t helping with this. So we’ll be trying some new things in local places, to find out what works for you.
To begin with, we’re testing out a tool called the “Place Standard”. This is a way of helping to get conversations going about any place (it could be your street, neighbourhood or town), by using some simple questions. We’ve been trying this out in Golcar, Cowlersley, Milnsbridge and Longwood in July 2018.
2. Kirklees Question Time
We’ve been discussing the format of our Question Time events. We will aim to have four of these events a year, in different parts of Kirklees. The events are mainly a way for you to hear directly from local councillors (we began with party leaders, as suggested by our citizens). We’re now asking for your suggestions for who else you’d like to see on future panels.
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