Local Democracy Week 2018

Local Democracy Week runs from 15 to 21 October 2018 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.

A number of different events will take place throughout the week for people of all ages. Residents are invited to join the chairs of three committees that scrutinise work around specific areas for tea and a chat, put their questions to Councillor Butt and other local community figures in our very own Question Time Brent, and young people to be part of the audience, or watch the live stream of the Great Youth Debate.

Events for Local Democracy Week

To find out more and book your place at each event:

Scrutiny cafés

Scrutiny cafeWe are holding two cafes, at Willesden Green Library cafe, to talk about topics which the scrutiny committees are going to look at in detail this year. Come and join us for a cup of tea and a chat.

Topics: Housing standards
Date: Tuesday 16 October
When: 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Where: Willesden Green Library cafe
Who: Cllr Janice Long

Community Wellbeing:
Topics: Local Health services and the NHS
Date: Friday 19 October
When: 1pm to 3pm
Where: Willesden Green Library cafe
Who: Cllr Ketan Sheth

This year, we are not running a public realm and resources scrutiny café. Please contact the chair directly if you wish to talk about any issues relating to public realm and resources.
Who: Cllr Matt Kelcher
Email: cllr.matt.kelcher@brent.gov.uk


Great Youth Debate

The Great Youth Debate will take place on Tuesday 16 October from 7pm in Brent Civic Centre.  The debate is hosted by Brent Youth’s Debate, and sees members debate the motion: Young People are the most disengaged sector of the community. It will also be live streamed on the Council’s website. Click here to watch live


If you would like to be in the audience, please book your place here.

All about Brent Question Time

Question timeWednesday 17 October, 7-9pm, Brent Civic Centre

This annual event follows the BBC Question Time format. Jonathan Carr-West from the Local Government Information Unit will return to chair. The panel will be comprised of:

  • The Leader of the Council
  • Local YouTuber Rants, also known as Rants n Bants
  • Momtaza Mehri, London Young People’s Laureate
  • Caren Owen - Festival, community and start-up producer

If you would like to submit a question for this event, please email Localdemocracyweek@brent.gov.uk, or tweet @Brent_Council using #qtbrent

To book your place in the audience, either book online or email.

Speed Networking

Councillors will visit a school in Brent and pupils will have the opportunity to talk to Councillors for three minutes about anything they want, before moving on to the next Councillor.

Last year, young people took over a local radio station. Listen to the programmes.

Download the LDW flyer