Everything we do is Democracy – but this is Local Democracy Week

This week (15th – 19th October) is European Local Democracy Week. What does this mean?

Here at Warksdemocracy we help support your local County Councillors in their roles as your representatives and community champions, so that they can represent your views and deal with residents’ problems.

But our job is also to help you get directly involved that the decisions that affect you – whether by coming to meetings and telling Councillors directly, signing a petition, or writing to your Councillors to let them know your views.

All of this happens every day, and we regularly have public questions at meetings and have plenty of petitions submitted, both traditional paper and via our ePetitions facility

Local Democracy Week is all about making that extra push to get people involved in the decisions that affect them, with a particular focus on young people.

We’re taking the opportunity to let members of the public know about the various ways they can get involved in the work of Council.  Nearly all of the Council’s meetings are held in public, and you find out about future meetings, and download past reports and minutes here.

Before making any major decisions, the Council consults local people first.  All of the current consultations can be found on our consultation pages. You can also sign up to receive emails when consultations are launched.

We’ll be blogging more about Local Democracy Week as the week goes on, and tweeting from our public meetings this week. In the meantime you can find our more information about Councillors, Petitions, Elections and Democracy on our website.

County Council Annual Meeting – 15th May 2012

Council

We will be holding our annual meeting next Tuesday 15th May at Shire Hall.  In general, Council AGMs are a largely ceremonial affair, with the appointment of Committees and the election of a new Chair of the Council.

Councillor Philip Morris-Jones will be handing over his chains of office to a new Chair (we’ll let you know who this is next week), and a new Vice-Chair will also be elected.

As well as these procedural matters, there’s also quite a bit on the agenda:

  • “Going for Growth” – which, if agreed, will become the Council’s plan for promoting economic growth in the county
  • Improving decision-making and scrutiny – which looks at how we can improve scrutiny, and bring more public interest issues into Council meetings. Our petitions scheme is also up for review
  • Health and Wellbeing Board – this has been in operation for a while now in “shadow” form, but Council will be asked to agree it formally on Tuesday. You can read more about the Board on its new blog.

The papers for the meeting can be downloaded here.

For more information, or if you have any questions, leave a comment below, or contact me at martynharris@warwickshire.gov.uk

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