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Angela Wales



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:12 pm    Post subject:
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overnment to trial citizens juries and mass online polls in local decision-making

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The government is to trial ways for people to take a more direct role in decisions that affect their local area, with proposals for "Citizens’ Juries" or mass participation in decision-making on community issues via an online poll or app.

The proposal is part of the first Civil Society Strategy in 15 years, which was unveiled today by Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society.

“Many people feel disenfranchised and disempowered, and the government is keen to find new ways to give people back a sense of control over their communities’ future,” the document says.

“Participatory democracy methods, such as Citizens’ Juries, can make a profound difference to people’s lives: evidence shows that enabling people to participate in the decisions that affect them improves people’s confidence in dealing with local issues, builds bridges between citizens and the government, fosters more engagement, and increases social capital. It also increases people’s understanding of how decisions are taken, and leads to authorities making better decisions and developing more effective solutions to issues as a broader range of expertise can be tapped into to solve public issues.”

The ‘Innovation in Democracy’ pilot scheme will take place in six regions across the country “to trial face-to-face deliberation (such as Citizens’ Juries) complemented by online civic tech tools to increase broad engagement and transparency”.


More here - http://www.aberdareonline.co.uk/news/rhondda-cynon-taff/government-trial-citizens-juries-and-mass-online-polls-local-decision-making
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Published 9 August 2018

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Civil Society Strategy: building a future that works for everyone

This Strategy sets out how government will work with and for civil society in the long-term to create a country that works for everyone.


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-society-strategy-building-a-future-that-works-for-everyone
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