Category Archives: Democratic deficit

Lack of transparency, honesty, trust etc.

#Manchester Council’s extraordinary and humiliating failure of #climate scrutiny

Manchester City Council has refused to answer basic questions about when councillors became aware that quarterly climate reports had been unilaterally abolished. Two weeks after all councillors on the Neighbourhood and Environment Scrutiny Committee (NESC) were sent a short specific … Continue reading

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Going through the “democratic” motions: a complaint about #Manchester Labour and #climate inaction

UPDATE:  The email I went to for complaints was only for officers’ behaviour.  It turns out you have to go here, download a pdf, fill it in (if you have the software to do that – elsewise presumably you have … Continue reading

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Open letter to #Manchester councilors on abolished quarterly #climate “action” reports

Dear Councillor, I am writing to you because you are a member of the Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee, which is supposed to keep the Executive and the officers on their toes about well, lots of things.  My particular questions … Continue reading

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Event: Public Square – looking to improve local democracy #Manchester 19th November

From here (where you can also register to attend) Care about improving local democracy, citizen participation, and how decisions are made by local government? Do you have insights into what is already working well, or what the challenges are? Then … Continue reading

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How do we honour Jo Cox in Manchester?

Last Friday, in Chorlton, Jeff Smith MP, gave a short and from-the-heart speech about the assassinated MP, Jo Cox. About 40 people were present (a presumably much bigger gathering was held in Piccadilly Gardens an hour later). The event was … Continue reading

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Manchester City Council and its #climate silence – “Scrutiny” Week June 2016

Why doesn’t Manchester City Council put all its scrutiny committee meeting agendas on one web-page? Is it just their usual incompetence and indolence, or are they trying to make it that leeeetle bit harder for citizens to know what is … Continue reading

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#Manchester Ward Plans not available, no actual #climate angle

Manchester City Council has not produced ‘ward plans’ for the 32 wards of the City.  These ward plans do not contain local SMART objectives around climate change. There is not and will not be one central page where you can … Continue reading

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