How does the Council work with the community?
The Local Government Act 2000 said that local authorities should produce a Community Strategy for their area. This process is being led by the County Council, but all the public agencies are involved, and the strategy is considering all aspects of life in the county.
The aim of the Strategy is to make sure that local people can make their voices heard, and that that local services, whoever they are provided by, are better co-ordinated. The process is designed to empower the community and to allow local people to influence the long-term vision for Powys, and have a say in the way that resources are allocated over the next 10 to 15 years.
The council's Citizens' Panel is a group of around 1,000 people who live in Powys and who are happy to be regularly consulted on our work.
Panel members are asked for their views on a variety of subjects. Recent topics have included communications, race equality and our Corporate Improvement Plan. Forthcoming consultations include arts provision and street cleaning. Each panel member is usually included in four consultation projects per year, and most of these involve completing a questionnaire sent by e-mail or through the post.
Panel members are volunteers but they are paid expenses whenever they travel to a focus group or other meeting.
We want the panel to be as representative as possible of the population of Powys. At the moment we need more people under 30 and more Welsh speakers. If you're interested in joining the panel please get in touch.