Democracy isn’t just about elections – watch our live debate

Watch the democracy debate live

The Kirklees Democracy Commission have just published our draft report about growing a stronger local democracy. It’s based on evidence from over 1,000 participants in Kirklees and beyond. Want to hear some of the ideas? You can watch our live debate from 6pm on Wednesday 10th May 2017.

Watch live

Watch liveOur Commissioners, all Kirklees councillors and members of Kirklees Youth Council will take part in the debate about the future of our local democracy. You can watch the live webcast, tweet using #kirkdemocracy or come along to watch the debate in Huddersfield Town Hall.

Watch the debate live from 6pm on Wednesday 10th May


Kirklees Democracy Commission – your questions answered

Not heard about the Democracy Commission before? We’ve answered five of your key questions about the work of the Commission and what happens next…


Who are the Kirklees Democracy Commission?

A “Commission” are a group of people who have been brought together to investigate a particular issue. Kirklees Council brought together seven Commissioners from different political parties in Kirklees and an independent chair from the University of Huddersfield. We asked them to investigate what a strong and healthy local democracy should look like in Kirklees, for the next generation and beyond.

Who we are


What’s in the draft report?

The draft report includes ideas for working with active citizens, making the most of digital technologies and culture, suggestions about councillors, decision-making and elections, and how we can get local voices heard in regional devolution. The Commission have made 48 recommendations about improving our local democracy.

Draft report: Growing a stronger local democracy, from the ground up (PDF)

10 minute read: Key themes from the Democracy Commission report


Where did the ideas come from?

The Commission’s work is based on evidence from Kiklees citizens, staff, councillors, partner organisations and a range of witnesses who shared their experiences and ideas. All the evidence is available on the Democracy Commission website, so that you can see the evidence behind the recommendations:

Our evidence


How can I get involved?

Follow the debate live from 6pm on 10th May to hear some of the ideas. You can tweet using #kirkdemocracy.

There will be a public launch event on Friday 30th June 2017 at the University of Huddersfield, including some practical workshops to start developing the ideas from the report. Kirklees citizens and members of local organisations are welcome to take part.


Where can I get more information?

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