Local Democracy Week runs from 10 to 16 October and gives local people opportunities to be listened to and influence decisions.
“Getting involved in local democracy is really important; it is the best way for local people to have their voices heard about local issues. We are delighted to host a number of events for local people, encouraging their input on issues in Brent, and are particularly encouraging young people, the voices of today and the future, to take part in these events.”
Cllr McLennan, deputy leader of the council.
There are a number of different events running through the week, for people of all ages. You can join the chairs of two committees that scrutinise work around specific areas for tea and a chat, put your questions to Councillor Butt and other local community figures in our very own Question Time Brent, or get your school involved in the Great Youth Debate.
Great Youth Debate
Tuesday 11 October
Four secondary schools will go head to head, debating issues relevant to young people in Brent. To submit a motion for the Great Youth Debate, tweet @Brent_Council using #BrentGYD
Register to be in the audience here.
A judging panel, comprising of three Councillors will determine which school wins.
The winning school will receive a trophy for their victory! All schools taking part will be offered the opportunity to take part in Rock Enrol!, a workshop aimed at encouraging young people to get their voices heard, and for Brent run their school council elections.
If your school would like to take part ask them to contact Anne Kittappa.
Question Time Brent
Wednesday 12 October
Question Time Brent, based on the BBC’s Question Time programme, panellist will discuss local issues, submitted by local people. Jonathan Carr-West returns to chair this year’s discussion, with local community figures joining Cllr Butt on the panel including Dr. Angela Herbert MBE, Councillor Suresh Kansagra deputy leader of the Conservative group and Dilan Dattani of Brent Youth Parliament.
The event takes place in the Civic Centre from 7pm on Wednesday 12 October.
Register now to ensure your place.
To submit a topic for discussion, on twitter, use #qtbrent.
Or contact Anne Kittappa.
Discuss issues being scrutinised by Councillors at the scrutiny café
Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October
Cllr Kelcher, and Cllr Sheth are the Chairs of the two scrutiny committees, which scrutinises the work done by the council and its partners to make sure it is effective and efficient.
Meet Cllr Kelcher and discuss:
- customer care and customer access to services
- the councils’ budget
- business rates
- high streets
- complaints to the council
On Thursday 13 October from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Rubio, 43 Park Parade NW10 4JD.
Meet Cllr Sheth and discuss:
- air quality
- children’s oral health
On Friday 14 October from 3pm to 5pm at Costa Coffee, 4 Central Square, Wembley, HA9 7FA.
The conversation continues on twitter for an hour, follow the conversation @Brent_Council and take part using #scrutinybrent
To book your personal time slot at either café please contact Anne Kittappa or 020 8937 6060.
Primary school children from across Brent have written poems about why they love living in Brent. Some of the poems will be on display in the Civic Centre, and the rest will be published in a poetry anthology, watch this space for where you can see this.
Councillors visit local schools
All through the week
Councillors will visit local schools to talk to the children and young people about what it is like to be a Councillor, and discuss issues with them.
Contact your local Councillor if you would like them to visit your school.