Workshop idea by Charlotte Eisenhart
All of the workshops at Local Democracy for Everyone have been created by our participants. We’re sharing a summary of each workshop idea to help you decide what you’d most like to participate in – and so that everyone can start to share their comments about each idea.
What is the ideal local?
If you could start with a blank piece of paper, how would you design local government? And how different is that from what we already have? In this workshop we will share our views, and think about what ties our ideas together and where there is disagreement. My aim is for this session to help consider how much is possible under the current local government system and which ideas would require a larger system change.
While everyone in the room will be a localist at heart – there will most likely be a range of views of what ‘good’ local government really looks like. And even what we mean by ‘local’! Any conversation about system change will need to have an understanding of what better outcome we are trying to achieve. And perhaps the current system has many of the building blocks we need, but we just are maybe not using them in the best way. For example, many in the local government family have little awareness of town and parish councils’ current achievements or real potential (I will provide some information I hope will change your opinion of this most local level of government!). Does the ‘ideal local’ require a big system change or for the system to be used in a different way?
Improvement & Development Manager,
National Association of Local Councils
Charlotte is Improvement and Development Manager at NALC. Where she supports the work of the new multi-stakeholder Improvement and Development Board, and manages a range of improvement programmes for town and parish councils.
She previously spent six years managing leadership development programmes for councillors and officers in local government, initially at the Leadership Centre for Local Government, and then at the LGA. All these programmes shared a common aim of supporting councillors at each stage of their political lives, helping to reinvigorate local democracy and encouraging more people to get involved, creating a greater sense of civic pride in our communities. She also is co-founder of Young And In Gov – a network of enthusiastic young(er) people working in and around local government. She likes nothing more than speaking with people who love where they live and what they do!