Innovation in Democracy Programme

We’re delighted to tell you about Demsoc’s involvement in the UK Government’s Innovation in Democracy Programme.

We will be working with three areas in the planning, design and delivery of Area Democracy Forums – the programme’s name for mini-public deliberative democracy events similar to citizens’ assemblies.

A screen grab from the Andover Advertiser’s article about Test Valley’s involvement in the Innovation in Democracy Programme

The Innovation in Democracy Programme was announced last year by the UK Government – Demsoc is are part of a partnership delivery team including Involve, mySociety and the RSA.

We have already started work with the Greater Cambridge Partnership, which recently announced its plans for a Citizens’ Assembly on traffic congestion in Cambridge, and is being led by our colleagues at Involve.

We are leading the projects at Test Valley Borough Council and Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council. Dudley is planning to explore the future of town centres, while Test Valley is looking at future of waste and recycling or possibly the vitality of town centres.

The Innovation in Democracy programme is being led by two government departments, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. You can see more about the programme on the Government’s website, and on Involve’s website.