Memorandum by Kirklees Metropolitan Council
I am writing in response to your invitation to submit
evidence to the Select Committee Inquiry on Innovations in Citizen
Participation in Government.
The attached brief leaflet
summarises an Initiative which is in operation in Kirklees, through
which a very wide range of children and young people influence
local public services. It is a partnership between the Local Authority,
Save the Children, and Calderdale and Kirklees Health Authority,
and has significantly assisted public services to welcome and
make use of the influence of children and young people who are
(or could be) service-users.
At the back of the leaflet there is a summary
of the present and past projects undertaken through this Initiative.
Each of these has been written up in considerable detail. However,
in anticipation of the volume of evidence the Select Committee
is likely to encounter, I thought it fairer to submit the summary
leaflet. If there is interest in the contents I would be happy
to expand. A total of 18 public service areas (Local Authority
and Health) have so far undertaken projects under this initiative.
I hope that it proves a valuable addition to
the evidence which the Select Committee will be considering.
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