Local Democracy Week 2017

Get involved for Local Democracy Week

Local Democracy Week runs from 9 to 15 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.

Events taking place for Local Democracy Week

Watch this space for more events.

For more information and to book your place:

Scrutiny cafés

We are holding three cafes, one for each committee, 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. Contact Anne to book your place. localdemocracyweek@brent.gov.uk or 020 8937 6060

Resources and Public Realm:

Topics: regeneration in South Kilburn and Wembley, welfare and benefits, what it’s like to contact and deal with the council, the council budget, recycling rates in Brent, employment support and closure of job centres in Kilburn and Willesden, crime and antisocial behaviour, and how the council engages with residents.
Date: Monday 09 October
When: 10-12noon
Where: Christ Church, Christchurch Avenue, NW6 7YN
Who: Cllr Matt Kelcher

Community and Wellbeing:

Topics: adult social care, children’s services, public health, cultural services and the work of the NHS in Brent
Date: Tuesday 10 October
When: 11-1pm
Where: Costa Coffee, Wembley Central Square
Who: Cllr Ketan Sheth


Topics: rent setting for council housing, housing associations quality of service, reviewing how housing complaints are handled, and applying new rules on tackling homelessness.
Date: Wednesday 11 October
When: 3-5pm
Where: Willesden Green Library
Who: Cllr Janice Long

Great Youth Debate

Monday 9 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!  

If your school would like to take part please contact Anne Kittappa or call 020 8937 6060.

All about Brent Question Time

Wednesday 11 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 Rants N Bants and Yasmin Hai.

The event takes place in the Civic Centre from 7pm on Wednesday 11 October.

Register now to ensure your place.

To submit a topic for discussion, on twitter, use #qtbrent.

Or contact Anne Kittappa or call 020 8937 6060.

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 Anne Kittappa or call 020 8937 6060 if you would like to arrange a visit.

Video poetry anthology

Pupils from Brent River School will write poems about the Brent Values of Fairness, Respect, Equality, and Excellence, and then produce videos of these poems. The videos will be made available on this website – watch this space!.

Radio station takeover

Brent Youth Parliament take over K2K radio at 1pm on Monday 09, Wednesday 11, and Friday 13 October. Listen to their shows http://ktokradio.com/

Become a councillor

Saturday 14 October 2017, 10:00am Brent Civic Centre

Are you passionate about your local area? Are there local issues that you feel need to be raised and addressed by the council? Why not consider becoming a councillor?

Most councillors are put forward for election by their political parties, but independent candidates are also just as eligible to stand for election to represent their local area.

This session is for anyone who may consider standing in the May 2018 council elections to find out what you need to do to get your name on the ballot paper, what being a councillor involves and what support is in place to help you carry out your duties once elected.

Book your place today!