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Viewpoint: The voice of the councillor


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Kirklees Council are hosting “The Voice of the Councillor”; Diane Sims explains.

Kirklees are hosting this free event as an opportunity to discover, debate and learn about what councillors are doing nationwide to develop their roles and be catalysts for change in their communities. You’re welcome to come along to hear the findings of recent research, join in our best practice workshops and ask questions.

Members of the Councillor Commission will share the findings of their Voice of the Councillor report, based on the experiences of over 300 councillors. You’ll hear about the complex, challenging and changing role of councillor.

The Kirklees Democracy Commission will also share some of the findings from our landmark report: Growing a stronger local democracy, based on a year of evidence-gathering and debate in which over 1,000 people participated.

The Voice of the Councillor event is designed for councillors and local government officers, particularly those who are in roles such as community development, member development and democratic services. But it is also open to anyone who is interested.

This is the final stop in a series of special events around the country, organised by Kirklees Council, De Montfort University, Test Valley Borough Council and Leicester City Council.

Voice of the Councillor takes place on Tuesday 13th February 2018 from 10am to 3.30pm at Huddersfield Town Hall. Book your free place and find out more.

Diane Sims is a senior communications officer at Kirklees Council.