Do you know how to get involved in Local Democracy?
January 17, 2013 7 Comments
Local Democracy is at the centre of what we do at Warwickshire County Council. The purpose of the Council is to provide services for local people, based on their needs, with the running of these services overseen by local Councillors.
Local people like you, elect their Councillors to make decisions about these services, whether it’s expanding local schools, opening community libraries, or freezing council tax. All of these decisions are made in public and all of the details are available here.
Councillors will talk to local people before making these decisions , and take the views of the people into account. This can be done formally through online or paper consultation or through individual contact to local Councillors.
The Council can’t be all things to all people, and we don’t always get things right. We will always encourage local people to challenge us when we get it wrong. There’s a number of ways that residents can get involved – in improving services and giving their feedback:
Why not stand for election, and help shape your local area? Our next elections are in May 2013. We hold elections every four years in Warwickshire, and anyone who lives in the County and is over 18 years old can stand for election, and become a County or District Councillor. Election candidates come from all over Warwickshire, and from different backgrounds. You can find out loads more about the difference you can make, and some of the day to day work of Councillors on the “Be a Councillor” website.
Your local Councillors are here to represent you, and to champion their local community. You can find out how to contact your local Councillor here. County Councillors hold meetings in Shire Hall in Warwick to discuss issues that affect the whole of Warwickshire, make decisions on your behalf and scrutinise the work of other Councillors and Council employees. All of these meetings are held in public and you can find out details here.
At the County Council we welcome petitions from local residents – they’re a great way to highlight your issue, and bring people together to bring things to the Council’s attention. From potholes to ethical pensions, we’ve received petitions on all sorts of subjects. You can now also submit petitions online, via our ePetitions facility. You can find out more about petitions here.
Consultation and Engagement Activity
This Ask Warwickshire website is a great way to get involved in decision making and to shape services by contributing to consultations and conversations taking place.
Do you want to get involved in local democracy?
Let us know what you do to help shape the services delivered by Warwickshire County Council.