Here’s an overview of the Kirklees Democracy Commission Working Group meeting on Wednesday 29th August 2018. We’ve included a video summary, documents, information about how you can get involved, the full webcast, tweets and photos.
Summary of the meeting
At this meeting we discussed our ‘Networked councillors’ project which is about developing digital skills, confidence and content for civic good. We shared our outline approach to opening up our meetings, and we talked about how we can support councillors and citizens as part of regional devolution. We also heard updates about our “Putting councillors at the heart of the organisation” project and some of our other work.
Documents from this meeting:
- Agenda for the Working Group, 29th August 2018 (PDF)
- Report: Putting councillors at the heart of the organisation (PDF)
- Appendix 1: Ideas from the final workshop (PDF)
- Appendix 2: Communications and engagement approach (PDF)
- Report: Networked councillors (PDF)
- Report: Opening up our meetings (PDF)
- Report: Regional devolution (PDF)
- Draft letter to the Cabinet Office (PDF)
- Draft letter to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and to the Local Government Association (PDF)
The full minutes of this meeting will be published on Wednesday 17th October 2018.
How citizens can get involved
1. Networked councillors
We want to make sure that our democratic content is more useful for our citizens. So we plan to bring together a group of citizens who are interested in working with us to improve our democratic content. From this group, we will convene a panel to meet in person when there is a specific task or activity to complete. We will also ask for feedback using emails and other digital communications. We’ll be sharing further details of what’s involved and how to join, but you are very welcome to express an interest now by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Opening up our meetings
Our citizens told the Democracy Commission: “We can’t get involved if we don’t understand how things work”. With this in mind, we’ve begun some work to help make our meetings easier to understand and to get involved in. For example, here’s our video about how Full Council meetings work:
If you’d like to share any comments or suggestions as part of this work (it includes all our meetings that happen in public), please email us at: email@example.com or tweet us @kirkdemocracy
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