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Local Democracy Week RCT – Shaping The Future

As part of Local Democracy Week, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is launching a number of events and promotional activities all designed to showcase the political process within RCT, increase engagement in the Democratic process and help shape the future in Democracy.

In the run-up to the Local Government Elections 2022, virtual engagement events will take place with future potential candidates and those wanting to gain a better understanding of the democratic process, engagement with youth voters through mock hybrid meetings in the Council Chamber and the launch of the Council’s revised Democracy webpages, including useful information regarding the democratic process and how to become a Councillor.

There is also a promotional video of the ‘Role of a Councillor,’ supported by current Members of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. The webpages also provide a clear intention by the Council to be a ‘Diverse Council’.

To promote Democracy further, the Council will shortly be publishing its public participation strategy to strengthen the public’s engagement in the democratic process.

Recently, the Council have positively taken forward the webcasting of Committee meetings and will soon be taking forward live streaming of its Committee meetings, commencing with Cabinet Committee later in the month.

The activities to be taken forward will explain the importance of registering to vote, encourage debate, offer advice and outline the democratic processes supported by the Council illustrating how engaging in the democratic process can help shape the future. Details of the events outlined above will be published shortly.

Councillor Maureen Webber, Deputy Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, said: “The Council have always welcomed engagement with residents of the County Borough and it is important in advance of the Local Government Elections that we encourage this engagement, and what better way than through Local Democracy Week.

“The events and initiatives we have planned will look to strengthen our engagement opportunities, assist and equip any future potential candidates looking to stand for election or it may even ignite that spark in the young people of the County Borough to get involved in the democratic process and the importance of their vote and how this can shape the future.

“As a Council we are proud to have signed up to becoming a diverse Council as we all know that the more representative our Councillors are of our Communities, the better understanding they have of the needs of the local community and therefore are better equipped at carrying out their duties and responsibilities.”

Posted on 12/10/2021