Here’s an overview of the Kirklees Democracy Commission Working Group meeting on Tuesday 26th June 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 first full meeting of our Working Group, who are overseeing our practical work to grow a stronger local democracy. We talked about our work to support councillors in their changing role, and our work to put councillors at the heart of our organisation.
Documents from this meeting:
- Agenda for the Working Group, 26th June 2018 (PDF)
- Minutes of the Working Group, 26th June 2018 (PDF)
- Minutes of the meeting to form the group, 2nd March 2018 (PDF)
- Priority recommendations chosen by the Working Group (PDF)
- Report: The Changing Councillor Role and How it is Supported (PDF)
How citizens can get involved
One of the things we’ll be doing as part of this work is to create new role profiles for councillors, which we talked about in this meeting. The profiles will say what’s expected of councillors. We have role proflies now, but one of the Democracy Commission’s recommendations was to update these:
“Kirklees Council should use the evidence gathered by the Democracy Commission to re-define the role profile for Kirklees councillors, so that this reflects the changing and long term expectations and needs of the role. The revised profile should include core expectations, linked to ongoing performance. These should be used to demonstrate the impact that councillors are having, particularly in their wards.”
Our councillors said it’s important that we create something flexible to suit different places in Kirklees, and that our citizens are involved in the work. So there will be opportunities for you to get involved as the project develops.
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