COMMUNITY figures and local politicians will make up the panel for a 'Question Time' event to be held at Brent Civic Centre as part of Local Democracy Week, which falls on 10-16 October.
Inspired by the popular BBC1 political television programme, the Brent Question Time event which returns for another year will adopt an identical format, with Dr Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive of the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) returning to 'emulate David Dimbleby' as chair of the panel.
Local politicians, including Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council and Cllr Suresh Kansagra, Deputy Leader of the official opposition group on the council, will be joined by Dilian Dattani, Member of the Youth Parliament for Brent and Dr Angela Herbert MBE, Policy Advisor at the National Offender Management Service to answer audience questions on local issues.
As with the popular BBC1 show, residents are asked to submit questions before the event to identify the main areas of interest for the audience, before one resident will read out their question to kick-start the discussion. Audience members will then be able to raise their hand at any point to ask a question or comment on the issues raised.
The Question Time event is set to be the highlight of a week of planned activities organised by Brent Council to mark European Local Democracy Week, which includes opportunities to discuss local issues with councillors in charge of scrutiny at the council at one of two 'Scrutiny Café's' and a 'Great Youth Debate,' where Brent schools will go head-to-head in a competition debating issues relevant to young people.
Dr Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of the LGiU, who will be chairing the 'Question Time' event, said:
"One of the aims Local Democracy Week is to let the public know of all the different ways in which we can hold politicians to account and for many, there is no better way than getting involved in these events and directly asking questions of the issues that affect us all.
"I really enjoyed emulating David Dimbleby as chair of the panel at the Brent Question Time event last year and the event as a whole provided the opportunity to learn more about life in Brent and oversee an interesting debate."
The Brent Question Time event will take place on Wednesday 12 October, from 7pm to 9pm in the Conference Hall of Brent Civic Centre.