Introduced Community Engagement into Society. Added points about weekend surgeries and hustings.

Proposer
GarethShapiro
State

Accepted

Vote Score

2

Age

2064 days


@GarethShapiro edited manifesto/society.md - over 5 years ago

Community Engagement

Local Councillors should provide at least two weekend community surgeries a month.

Ward based Hustings should not be confined to periods of election campaigning and a minimum number should be required per calendar year.

GarethShapiro

@GarethShapiro - over 5 years ago

Many, I would even suspect most, people cannot attend a surgery which runs from 6pm - 7pm on a weeknight.

Hustings are a traditional and, if you consider the televised version Question Time, popular format whereby the public can scrutinise the thoughts and attitudes of those they elect. Ward councillors should be prepared to talk in public regularly about their activities, in the company of their contemporaries. This is also a very efficient way for the public to understand how their own issues and ideas sit relative to others' in the community and also to hold what could be seen as a "Group Surgery" reaching more people in less time.

Floppy

@Floppy - over 5 years ago

πŸ‘ nice ideas both

Floppy

@Floppy - over 5 years ago

Only concern is that currently there's no duty on anyone to run hustings, even during election time, but that is being proposed as an addition in #272 already, so that's fine.

tmtmtmtm

@tmtmtmtm - over 5 years ago

Maybe my understanding of "hustings" is off slightly, but the explanation given in the comment above is different from what I expected from the text. I support the general idea, but would like to see it expanded there.

Floppy

@Floppy - over 5 years ago

The electoral commission guidance states: "A hustings event is a meeting where election candidates or parties debate policies and answer questions from the audience"

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/_data/assets/pdffile/0007/105946/sp-hustings-rp-npc-ca.pdf

Does that make sense with what you read/understood?

tmtmtmtm

@tmtmtmtm - over 5 years ago

Yes β€”Β i.e. that it's in the context of an election. Which isn't what's being proposed here.

Floppy

@Floppy - over 5 years ago

So I read it as that hustings shouldn't be only during election time, and that regular debates with all local parties should be held. Perhaps @GarethShapiro can clarify his meaning.

tmtmtmtm

@tmtmtmtm - over 5 years ago

@Floppy β€”Β that's what I took the original proposal to be, but the clarification here made it sound like this was more of an event for the elected councillors to talk about what they're doing, face questioning etc

Floppy

@Floppy - over 5 years ago

Ah, I see, yes. Let's get @GarethShapiro to clarify which he means, and if it's not a general all-party debate thing, then we should change the word "hustings" to something else.

GarethShapiro

@GarethShapiro - over 5 years ago

I specifically meant that these public meeting should be all the time, not just in the run up to elections. I've used the wrong term "hunting" which needs to be changed.

Any suggestions?

"public debates" "public forum"

tmtmtmtm

@tmtmtmtm - over 5 years ago

I think one of the key questions is who gets to participate (in terms of presenting / answering questions). Is this for the elected representatives? Or including people who ran as candidates and lost, etc?

GarethShapiro

@GarethShapiro - over 5 years ago

Chair

I recently went to one locally which was specifically focussed on green issues. It was chaired by a C class executive of a well known NGO. While clearly in favour of the better green policies he was very otherwise very good at keeping the whole thing on track and the audience engaged.

It way be a bit much to expect good chairpeople (is that a word?) in every community but then again is this not patronising? Not sure but this is probably key to how popular these things might be.

Who are our community elders these days?

Panel

An elected councillor and one member from each of the other parties who lives locally.

@GarethShapiro edited manifesto/society.md - over 5 years ago

Community Engagement

Local Councillors should provide at least two weekend community surgeries a month.

Ward based public debates should not be confined to hustings during periods of election campaigning and a minimum number should be required per calendar year.

An elected ward councillor must participate and one member party member from other parties may do so if they wish.

The debate should be chaired by a local resident.