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E pets in_bristol_17 march 2011


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March 2011 update from BCC

March 2011 update from BCC

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  • 1. E -petitioning in Bristol
  • 2. 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…
  • 3. e-Petitions: Our Website
    • Provided by Public-i Open source minimal costs maintenance/hosting no licence required
    • Catherine Howe
    • [email_address]
    • Our approach: ’ Providing a public service’
  • 4.  
  • 5. Facts & Figures Number of e-Petitions Number of Signatures
  • 6. By Theme
  • 7. 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
  • 8.  
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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
  • 11. Lead Petitioner Report
  • 12. 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)
  • 13. 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.
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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
  • 16. 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)
  • 17. 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
  • 18. 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
  • 19. 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
  • 20.
      • 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
  • 21. THANK YOU
    • Michael Brewin Research and Consultation Officer
    • Deborah Kinghorn Policy Officer [email_address]
    • Richard Jones Democratic Services Team Leader [email_address]