The Districts and Public Engagement Overview & Scrutiny Committee has just started a new short inquiry into Ward Committees. The Key question is:
“Are Ward Committees Fit for Purpose?”
We have put together a number of questions that we will be discussing These include:
- Is there clarity on the purpose of Ward Committees?
- Do they enable effective engagement, influence and contribution by citizens?
- How effective are the process and outcomes?
- How effective is the support available?
- What is their overall effectiveness?
- What should good Ward Committees look like?
- Are there alternative models that could be developed to meet the aims?
The Committee meeting will be
- On 2nd September 2014
- At 2pm (until 5pm at the latest)
- In the Council House, Victoria Square.
This is open to residents to attend.
How you can help us
An inquiry is only as good as the evidence it receives. This is why we want people across the whole of our city to get involved. We’re interested in hearing from those of you who attend every Ward Committee in the year as well as those of you who do not go along.
We would welcome a written statement of your views and experience on any of the above points, along with any other comments you might have.
Alternatively there is a short survey that can be completed online.
A copy of this is also available on the Scrutiny website:
Completed surveys can be e-mailed to Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will collect all these submissions and use these as evidence to support our work. The deadline for submissions is the end of September 2014.
If you would like any further information about this inquiry, how to submit written evidence and/or would like to attend the meeting on the 2nd September to give evidence please e-mail Amanda.email@example.com or call 0121 675 8444.
Reporting the Findings
The findings, based on the evidence received will be presented to all members of the City Council on the 2nd December 2014. Recommendations will also be made on how improvements can be made. Regular updates on the progress of the agreed recommendations will be presented to the Districts and Public Engagement O&S Committee.
Live-streaming of meetings
All Council meetings including full Council meetings and Scrutiny Committee meetings are filmed and available to watch on-line live or via the archive on: http://www.birmingham.public-i.tv/core/portal/home. The meeting on 2nd September can be watched via the internet.
Public meetings of the Council are open to the use of Social Media by attendees to report on any part of the meeting via Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and blogs.
We will use tweets with a hashtag #wardcttees as evidence too so send your views to @bhamscrutiny using the hashtag.
We will also take note of comments made on this blog.