From Anne Kittappa, Brent Local Democracy Week
This year, Local Democracy Week begins on Monday 09 October. The events that I think you might be particularly interested in are:
All About Brent Question Time
Wednesday 11 October, 7-9pm, Brent Civic Centre
This annual event follows the BBC Question Time format. Jonathan Carr-West from the Local Government Information Unit will return to chair. The panel will be comprised of:
· The Leader of the Council
· Leader of the opposition
· Dean Simon, a social media personality known as Rants n Bants and local resident
· Yasmin Hai – Author, producer, and former resident with a strong local connection
If you would like to submit a question for this event, please email Localdemocracyweek@brent.
gov. uk or call me on 020 8937 6060, or tweet @Brent_Council using #qtbrent
To book your place, either book online: https:
//www. eventbrite. co. uk/e/all-about-brent-question- time-tickets-37653433433
Or contact me directly.
We are holding three cafes, one for each committee, to talk about topics which the scrutiny committees are going to look at in detail this year. Come and join us for a cup of tea and a chat.
Topics: rent setting for council housing, housing associations quality of service, reviewing how housing complaints are handled, and applying new rules on tackling homelessness.
Date: Wednesday 11 October
Where: Willesden Green Library
Who: Cllr Janice Long
Topics: adult social care, children’s services, public health, cultural services and the work of the NHS in Brent
Date: Tuesday 10 October
Where: Costa Coffee, Wembley Central Square
Who: Cllr Ketan Sheth
Public Realm and Resources:
Topics: Regeneration in South Kilburn and Wembley, welfare and benefits, what it’s like to contact and deal with the council, the council budget, recycling rates in Brent, employment support and closure of job centres in Kilburn and Willesden, crime and antisocial behaviour, and how the council engages with residents.
Date: Monday 09 October
Where: St Laurence Larder - Christ Church, Christchurch Avenue, NW6 7BG
Who: Cllr Matt Kelcher
If you would like to book a place, please contact me by email, Localdemocracyweek@brent.
gov. uk or call me on 020 8937 6060
Other events taking place throughout the week, include, Be a Councillor event, the Great Youth debate, Councillors visits to schools, video poetry, and Brent Youth Parliament radio station takeover. For more information about these events, please visit our website, https://www.brent.gov.uk/ldw or email or call me.
Be a Councillor
Are you passionate about your local area? Are there local issues that you feel need to be raised and addressed by the council? Why not consider becoming a councillor?
Most councillors are put forward for election by their political parties, but independent candidates are also just as eligible to stand for election to represent their local area.
This session is for anyone who may consider standing in the May 2018 council elections to find out what you need to do to get your name on the ballot paper, what being a councillor involves and what support is in place to help you carry out your duties once elected.
Book your place today!