Debate To Consider Democracy In Kirklees

It will cover councillors, decision-making and elections, and how local voices can be better heard.

Kirklees Council are holding a special debate about the future of local democracy today.

The debate marks a milestone in the work of the Kirklees Democracy Commission, which has been working with Kirklees citizens and others to investigate what a strong and healthy local democracy should be like, for the next generation and beyond.

The debate will be on the findings of the Democracy Commission’s draft “Growing a stronger local democracy” report, which shares 48 recommendations about how to improve local democracy for the citizens of Kirklees. The report includes ideas for working with active citizens, making the most of digital technologies and culture, suggestions about councillors, decision-making and elections, and how local voices can be better heard in regional devolution.

The “Growing a stronger local democracy” report is based on evidence from over 1,000 participants, including Kirklees citizens, councillors, members of local community groups, Kirklees Council staff, partner organisations and a range of expert witnesses. The contributors have shared their practical knowledge and experiences about local democracy, and have brought new ideas from across the country and beyond.

All Kirklees councillors will debate the Commission’s findings from 6pm on Wednesday 10 May 2017, in the Council Chamber at Huddersfield Town Hall. They will be joined by members of Kirklees Youth Council, who will share some of their ideas and hopes for the future.


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