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News - 22 June 2006
Alan MacCarthy, CEO Brighton & Hove City Council

Help shape the future of Brighton & Hove – become a councillor

If you work and live in Brighton & Hove then you could help to make the city a better place to do business by becoming a councillor.

Businesses are not always happy with the decisions councillors make complaining that there is not enough consideration given to the economic issues in the city. Brighton & Hove City Council, in embracing the ethos of the new South East Charter for Member Development, is encouraging more ordinary people to become councillors. The leaders of all the city council’s political groups are joining chief executive Alan McCarthy on Monday 26 June at 3pm to sign up to the new charter promoting the role of councillors and improving their training and development opportunities.

The Charter is about much more than helping people who are already councillors to access and share information more easily and work more effectively. It’s also about widening participation in local democracy and encouraging more people to consider becoming councillors.

In signing the charter the council will commit itself to encourage projects such as developing web pages for each individual councillor. These will make it easier for residents to contact their local councillor with queries or complaints, and will offer practical details such as when and where councillor surgeries are held.

They will also give councillors the chance to let local people know about the work they have been doing as councillors.

The charter is designed to help local people from all sections of the community to understand how councils make decisions and how they can go about having their say in them. Signing up to it means making a commitment to promoting the idea of citizenship and encouraging more people to take a lead in their local communities.

Chief executive Alan McCarthy said, “Councillors make vital decisions that affect us all and have an incredibly important role to play in our communities. We want our councillors to have the best possible support and training, and we want as many local people as possible to feel able and willing to become councillors.”


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