Bringing parliaments up to date is now more important than ever. ‘Connected Parliaments: harnessing digital dividends to increase transparency and citizen engagement’ is new from the Westminster Foundation for Democracy working in collaboration with MySociety. The authors say that, while parliamentary digital transformation is a relatively underfunded area of work, it’s vitally important to achieve open, accountable, inclusive and participative government.
Centenary Action Group's new report, ‘Remotely Representative Parliament: Lesson Learning from the Hybrid Parliament’, sets out 21 recommendations for supporting a more accessible and representative Parliament through the use of virtual media.
The report makes clear that 'Parliament has been given a once in a generation opportunity to bring the House into the 21st century'.
Levelling-up is the current buzzword, and the APPG on Devolution have honed in to look at how national government can rethink a culture of centralisation that’s leaving local areas behind.
‘Levelling-up Devo: the role of national government in making a success of devolution in England' includes evidence from local government leaders, national politicians, academics and businesses. The APPG concludes that local government needs more powers to deliver economic recovery and level-up the country.
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