Ideas from the “The disconnect between democracy and services” workshop at #notwestminster 2015, hosted by Phil Rumens.
Some citizens no longer see or perhaps understand that their votes or other participation in the democratic process allows them to have a say on which (and how) services are delivered to them. How might we re-engage the democratic process with the delivery of council services, so democracy doesn’t become an abstract concept that citizens can’t see the need for?
The three ideas
- Better skills for councillors through development sessions.
- Greater powers of scrutiny for members over partners and officers.
- Joined up approach to the information around service delivery.
[Ensure members represent the people services are delivered to.]
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About the workshop host
Web Development Manager
West Berkshire Council
With a background in creating digital services and online engagement, Phil manages the Digital Services Team at West Berkshire Council. He has a keen interest in democracy and has been involved in local government elections since 2003.
Phil is also Vice-Chair of the LocalGov Digital Steering Group, a national organisation for digital practitioners working in Local Government. He leads the Makers design and development strand of LocalGov Digital which includes the Pipeline platform, a “Kick Starter” for innovation and collaboration in Local Government.