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March 2011 update from BCC

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    E pets in_bristol_17 march 2011 E pets in_bristol_17 march 2011 Presentation Transcript

    • E -petitioning in Bristol
    • What we’ll cover
      • Facts & figures
      • Life cycle stages
      • Administration
      • Challenges
      • Examples
      • Using the ‘Duty to respond to Petitions’ to make improvements to our petitioning process
      • Our Top Tips leading into discussion…
    • e-Petitions: Our Website
      • Provided by Public-i www.public-i.info Open source minimal costs maintenance/hosting no licence required
      • Catherine Howe
      • [email_address]
      • Our approach: ’ Providing a public service’
    • Facts & Figures Number of e-Petitions Number of Signatures
    • By Theme
    • Who Signs ? Experian MOSAIC Profile
        • Young, well-educated city dwellers (Group G)
          • Young professional families settling in better quality older terraces
          • Well educated singles living in purpose built flats
          • Students and other transient singles in multi-let houses
        • Wealthy people living in the most sought after neighbourhoods (Group C)
          • Creative professionals seeking involvement in local communities
    • Lifecycle Stages
      • Draft Petitioner creates petition, waits for feedback on content and approval from council
      • Collecting signatures Variable timescales. Petitioner responsible for promoting issue but council notifies via:AskBristol, Wordpress,Twitter
      • Awaiting submission No longer accepting signatures. Council writes brief report. Petitioner notified of procedure to follow
      • Submitted to council Awaiting council response Space for response by council – and petitioner
    • Administrative tasks
      • Act on draft e-petitions
      • Check content with appropriate officers
      • Liaise with lead petitioner as required
      • Notify appropriate Cabinet members, Councillors and officers when live
      • Report on closed e-petitions
      • Produce ‘Briefing’ and ‘list of signatures’ for lead petitioner
      • Notify Democratic Services when closed
      • Update with response when available
    • Lead Petitioner Report
    • Banksy
      • In response to a call from a councillor to remove the art work as it defaced a public, listed building
      • Started by another councillor. Lots of media attention.
      • Petition successful. The art work is still there (3,187)
    • Cycle path: Bus Rapid Transit and Safety Better lighting and more police patrols
      • Quotes from Cabinet Member :
      • ‘ It came out of the blue.It surprised
      • all politicians. The scheme was
      • dropped partly because the
      • e-petition had shown It to be so
      • unpopular‘
      • Quote from lead petitioner:
      • ‘ The things we asked for
      • demanded in our petition al
      • happened - and pretty quickly
      • actually’.
      • Used in press releases from central
      • government.
    • Our Biggest Yet
      • Bristol wants a Stadium not a Village Green Over 30,000 so far
      • Massive local and national media attention. Football. Facebook etc
      • Counter petition: In Support of Ashton Vale Village Green 1223 e-signatures
    • Challenges
      • Needs resources
      • Ensuring petition statement valid
      • Tracking the petition after closure
      • Publishing feedback
      • Linking up with paper petitions
      • Keeping relevant people informed
      • Organisational placement: Consultation / Democratic Services
    • Eg…
      • Checking factual assertions “… if not 100,000 buses a year could flow through residential concrete streets in Lockleaze”
      • Mediating between lead petitioner and the council “ Please ensure this e-petition is activated or I will go directly to the newspapers. I will explain how the council tried to block this e-petition.”
      • Managing Workload 7 e-petitions in 1 week ~ all with some degree of complexity
      • Updating Guidance Ensure Guidance and Terms of Conditions are up to date (eg FOI request for IP addresses of all signatures)
    • Improvements using ‘Duty to respond to Petitions’
      • An opportunity to review our approach to:
        • Get all the key people round the table
        • Engage Officers, Members and the Public
        • Improve our processes
        • Raise the profile of petitions and other ways to engage in local democracy
        • Enable us to identify communities who are not currently engaged and target support
        • Improve satisfaction
    • New changes to petitions in local and national government
      • The new Localism Bill; proposing
        • To repeal of the duty to respond to petitions and the duty to promote democracy, but also…
        • A new duty on local councils to hold local referendums. The local authority must hold a referendum if it receives a petition signed by 5% of the electors and is a local matter (defined in legislation). The results of the referendum are non binding and can relate to issues outside of the council’s direct control.
        • A changing approach, but need to focus on the value of petitions, what works well and aids local democracy
      • Nationally, petitions to Government to be revived and be given greater opportunity to influence legislation
        • Online petitions registered via Directgov website with the most support could be debated in Parliament
    • Testing the New Petition Scheme
      • The Big Save Our Parks Petition
      • Current and controversial issue. Cross party
      • Started by Councillor
      • 1314 e-signatures
      • Paper petition as well
      • Over 7000 signatures in total
      • First to trigger a full council debate
        • It all takes time… and effort
        • Officers need to be well networked with all council services… including legal services
        • Keep key members and officers informed
        • Review policies/protocols to ensure action and feedback. Continually review
        • Promote/link to other ways for people to have their say
        • Analysis to identify common themes and patterns of usage etc… MOSAIC profile
      Top Tips
      • Michael Brewin Research and Consultation Officer michael.brewin@bristol.gov.uk
      • Deborah Kinghorn Policy Officer [email_address]
      • Richard Jones Democratic Services Team Leader [email_address]