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The Importance of Local Democracy

Our CEO, Daniel Blake has been reflecting on the importance of local democracy ahead of local council elections on 5th May. If you are yet to register for the local elections you must do so before the 14th April 2022. 'On the 5th May, people over the age of 16 will get the chance to vote in elections for the local council. To be eligible to vote you must be:

  • a British citizen

  • an Irish or EU citizen living in the UK

  • a Commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission

  • a citizen of another country living in Scotland or Wales who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission

When asking why it is important to vote, we must focus on two key areas. Accountability and Vision. Firstly the local elections give you the chance to reflect on the performance of the most current administration. If you are not happy and feel that your interests have not been adequate you have the opportunity to vote for someone you feel is more qualified to achieve what is important to you.

In understanding the vision of local politicians it is critical to pose two questions.

What are the 3-5 significant challenges faced by our community that you plan to tackle? How do you plan to involve the public in shaping your understanding of these challenges and the solutions you develop? By asking these questions we can create spaces where we as citizens can shape and identify the issues that affect us. We can also work with local politicians to develop solutions that fit our lives and solutions that work for us. So if you are concerned about local services, the cost of living crisis, housing, racism, crime and climate change please ensure you are registered to vote and make your voice heard! REGISTER TO VOTE AT