Friday, 18 January 2013

Important Community Assembly meeting on 24th January will consider whether the Assemblies should be abolished

The Central Community Assembly (which is open to the public)  meets at 5pm next Thursday 24th at Quaker Meeting House (in town, just along from the Cathedral). 

The first hour is a 'Meet the Cabinet" meeting at which senior members of the council will be present to answer questions. The theme that night is supposed to be 'Youth', but this issue is likely to be sidelined given the 'consultation exercise' that has just been announced by the Council on whether the community assemblies should be abolished in order to save money.  The Council is requiring consultation responses to be in by 28th January, which gives communities no real opportunity to canvass opinions and to submit a considered response.

The Community Assemblies are one of the City's important democratic institutions as they allow citizens to influence and observe decision-making that directly affects local areas. There are many questions as to how the many delegated functions of community assemblies will be handled under the various options that are being considered for their future.

For more details about the options on the table, and for information on how to make your views heard as an individual, please visit the consultation page on Sheffield's website

And if you can, go along to what may be the very last meeting of our Community Assembly!

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