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E pets in_bristol_17 march 2011

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March 2011 update from BCC

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E pets in_bristol_17 march 2011

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

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