What has impressed, or distressed, you most about citizens’ access to the democratic decision-making process since the first lockdown? Has switching to online public meetings and events enhanced or impeded the right to be heard and represented?
Has your organisation found new ways to stay engaged and get your voice heard?
Asking all these questions and more, a new research project aims to get to the bottom of COVID-19’s impact on local democracy. Co-ordinated by the Speakers' Corner Trust (SCT) and funded by the JRSST Charitable Trust (JRSST-CT), the project will report in May.
Your contributions are welcome! You can join an online forum or contribute via email.
Contact SCT Chair, Louise Third MBE, to introduce yourself.
The Public Accounts Committee has opened an inquiry into local government finance. They’ll take evidence on the continuing pressure on local government funds, and whether central Government has taken effective steps in asking local government to deliver new services. It’s open until 11 March.
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