Community conversations about local governance, and Sheffield People’s Petition 2018/9
Developing the conversation on governance
11TH SEPTEMBER 7-9.15
SHEFFIELD QUAKER MEETING HOUSE, 10 ST JAMES ST. S1 2EW
Selling off prized heritage assets without the community knowing; consultations that aren’t consultations; your councillor not having access to key information; a small group of hand-picked councillors making all the decisions (power in the hands of too few); no party ever agreeing with anything another party proposes, ever; confidential contracts; top-down not bottom up decision-making – communities not involved; the role of evidence; decisions behind closed doors…….
These and more are questions of governance
7.00 Introduction and Welcome
7.10 Is Sheffield a Democracy?
Simon Duffy, Director, Centre for Welfare Reform
7.35 Governance, communities and the role of Councillors: insights from Barnsley
Wendy Lowder, Executive Director – Communities, Barnsley
8.00 Thoughts, questions, feedback….
8.15 How our Council works now: the ‘strong leader’ model, and an overview of alternatives
Nigel Slack, Active Citizen, Sheffield
8.40 Taking things forward. Towards a Sheffield communities Declaration on Local Governance?