Members of Kirklees youth council The relationship between councillors and citizens is changing. Here at Kirklees Council we want to keep one step ahead, says Carl Whistlecraft Kirklees Council has published a landmark report about the future of local democracy: ‘Growing a stronger local democracy, from the ground up’. The report is based on a year of evidence-gathering and debate by the Kirklees Democracy Commission, a cross-party group of Kirklees councillors with an independent chair, Dr Andy Mycock from Huddersfield University. The commission has been investigating what a strong and healthy local democracy should look like in Kirklees – for the next generation, and beyond. We all want to have a voice in the decisions that affect us, yet fewer people are actively taking part in our local democracy. This means that participation in local elections is falling, and we’re less likely to trust in politicians … (To read the full article, subscribe below)


Carl Whistlecraft is head of democracy at Kirklees Council