21stCC Hackney

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A presentation from Robin Hewings, the project manager from LB Hackney whose research and recommendations form part of the 21st Century Councillor exemplar work in Hackney.

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21stCC Hackney

  1. 1. ‘ Hackney’s 21 st Century Councillor Project Robin Hewings 'Trust in Democracy' Conference March 5th 2010
  2. 2. 21 st Century Councillors
  3. 3. The 21 st Century Councillor Project in Hackney
  4. 4. How frontline councillors help improve Hackney
  5. 5. T he ideal bridge This shows it is right to focus on support for councillors as local leaders, communicating with residents and scrutinising services. Engagement works best when people have: Councillors meet these criteria as they: .. resources and knowledge engage the articulate while seeking out less assertive residents <ul><ul><li>.. a sense of attachment </li></ul></ul>represent the smallest unit of government organisation <ul><ul><li>.. been mobilised </li></ul></ul>proactively communicate and use local knowledge to engage flexibly <ul><ul><li>.. evidence of making an impact </li></ul></ul>are accountable politicians, able to make their voices heard.
  6. 6. Local leaders: A respected and well-known person in their community who can advocate for their residents, mediate issues and build coalitions for change
  7. 7. Member-officer relations
  8. 8. Recommendations
  9. 9. Communicating with communities In regular contact with residents in a genuine two-way conversation
  10. 10. Communicating with their communities
  11. 11. Formal engagement mechanisms
  12. 12. Recommendations
  13. 13. Support for front-line councillors
  14. 14. Scrutinising public services Able to make a difference in their local area as a result of their unique mandate and using their powers and influence to help their residents with other services such as the police and the NHS.
  15. 15. Effective in scrutinising council and other public services Interviews with members found We will be <ul><ul><li>real examples of the formal scrutiny function adding value </li></ul></ul>Publicising and learning from successes Short enquiries on concrete issues engage the public best Keeping space for in schedules for this type of enquiry <ul><ul><li>Understanding how to get results is difficult. </li></ul></ul>Running a flexible and interactive induction
  16. 16. For more information <ul><li>Contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Robin Hewings – Policy Adviser </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] and 07960 170 242 </li></ul><ul><li>Joanna Sumner - Assistant Chief Executive </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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