Citizen Participation is central to Democratic Yorkshire’s ethos and our vision for a bottom-up democracy.
This is because local citizens know best, certainly when it involves what is going on in their local area and neighbourhoods. They have the advantage of bringing their user expertise to solutions.
Citizens must have a meaningful part to play in initiating local solutions to local problems and the decision-making processes that affect their lives.
What about the use of Participatory Budgeting? Should Participation extend to citizens representatives been reserved a number of places on various Executive committees? if so, what selection or election process is going to be used? Will they have the right to speak and vote? Can they ask for items to be included on a future agenda?
The new Yorkshire Constitution will need to recognise and protect citizens participative entitlements and responsibilities, and to establish and provide for the institutions and places where such entitlements can be exercised.