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Friday 24 January 2014

Your chance to have influence – join Cheshire East's citizens’ panel


Now is the chance for more people to get involved to help shape the future of Cheshire East.

Cheshire East’s Citizens Panel is recruiting new members – who will help inform the Council’s decision making and monitor performance.

Every two years the panel, which has 3,000 members and is called Influence Cheshire East, is refreshed by one third with new recruits.

Cheshire East Council is urging those residents aged over 18, who receive an invitation randomly in the post, to complete the form and become a member of the Citizens Panel. The authority is particularly keen to increase the number of younger residents involved.

Panel members will have the opportunity to influence services such as education, social care, waste collection and the environment.

Cheshire East Council is committed to the government’s ‘Localism’ agenda, which puts strong emphasis on involving local people in the development of local services

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council and Cabinet member in charge of strategic communities, said: “The opinions, ideas and values of people who live and work in Cheshire East are crucially important to us.

“The selected members will help ensure the panel is representative of the Borough’s population as a whole and will ensure residents have a loud and clear voice that will help shape the Council’s policies and priorities and identify how we can improve services further.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank those who took part in our previous panels and who have made very important contributions so far.”

The panel was created in 2011 and has members from all over the Borough – the youngest member to be recruited so far was 18 and the oldest 98.

Those selected to become panel members would be asked to complete a survey – either online or on paper – two or three times a year. Each survey contains about 40 questions and should take about 20 minutes to complete.

We may also invite members to attend focus groups to discuss topics relevant to the Council.

People interested in joining the citizens’ panel should complete and return their recruitment questionnaire by Friday, February 14.

Further information about the panel can be viewed at:

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