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  A duty to promote democratic understanding and participation would go some way to ensuring greater equality of influence by citizens. The previous Labour government introduced this duty, but civil servants interpreted it rather bureaucratically and it was never put into force so that the Coalition promptly repealed it.   This is another way of making politics more accessible and inclusive. Helena Kennedy’s Power Inquiry prosed “Democracy hubs” as independent local contact point...

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The UK Youth Parliament is run by young people for young people, aged 11-18 year-old, to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change. They meet once a year for workshops, debate, create and change national manifesto policy, and network. It takes place on a university campus over three days. The event includes keynote speeches from political figures, followed by question and answer sessions. They also have an annual debate in the House of Commons chamber, chaired by the...

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With the world changing so fast we need a Futures Council or Panel of people who take the long view, without direct political involvement. The Government has chief scientists and foresight projects to examine important public policy issue where science might be part of the solution or potential applications and technologies are yet to be realised (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/foresight-projects), which are currently looking at the future of aging and the future of cities. It...

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The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee publish report on Sunday 29 March to say that constitutional reform should be scrutinised by a dedicated committee.   I agree. The current Committee ends tomorrow and it depends on the next government whether or not any scrutiny of the constitution continues. At very least it would ensure that constitutional issues are discussed within the current system until replaced by something better. The Committee has done an excellent job this...

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Democratic values are fundamental to our constitution but the don't mean much if people don't know how the system works or how to have an effective say. The Parliamentary outreach and education team do a good job in developing understanding of how Parliament works and how to take part, but it reaches relatively few people. Unequal access undermines democracy and leads to poor governance at all levels.  A Commission on Learning for Democracy would aim to ensure that all citizens have the...

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A ‘parliament for health’ would give citizens and other stake holders a national forum to scrutinise and debate all legislation, policies and strategies affecting the health of the nation. Its members would be drawn from local participatory structures such as Health and Well Being Boards, Health Watch, Patient Participation Panels etc., and direct elections based on the EU constituencies (perhaps held at the same time). It would have statutory links to Parliament through Select Committees,...

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Our values are embodied in certain institutions which should be protected by the constitution. Parliament and the rule of law are examples of embedded values. Others would include: The national health service, which has its own constitution, with social care and well-being added; The constitution of the BBC as an independent national broadcasting service, and its six principles; Schools as foundations of a learning democracy; The independence of universities as places...

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Schools are little kingdoms, some tyrannical, many benign. Children learn how to behave and take part in society through school. Participative structures and processes such as circle time, peer mediation, class forums, schools councils, student-led projects, service learning and community engagement are just a few of the many ways people can learn the practice of democracy through schools.

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The Parliamentary outreach and education team do a good job in developing understanding of how Parliament works and how to take part, but it reaches relatively few people. Most people don’t know how the system works or encouragement to learn how to take part. Unequal access undermines democracy and leads to poor governance at all levels. The lobbying and public relations industry employs about 61,600 people. Its turnover in 2011 was about £7.5 billion, of which £5.5bn was in house.[i] This...

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In line with my proposal for a "citizens chamber" or policy forum, we need a national “Forum for Britain in the World” to give everyone a say in the debate about Britain’s place in the world. Our policies on aid, trade, banking, defence, the environment, migration and other international issues are interconnected and impact our lives in complex ways.   There is extensive knowledge of these issues in business, diaspora communities, international aid agencies, pressure groups and others,...

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  Parliament should take responsibility for all public consultation and participation about Government policy and delivery through a network of Policy Forums of elected stakeholder representative covering broad areas of public policy such community safety (including the criminal justice system), education, environment, families, health, global issues, rural affairs, poverty reduction, the elderly and youth. Policy Forums would connect all consultative structures in each policy area. For...

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Titus Alexander

Kings Langley, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Mar 24, 2015

Bio Titus Alexander, founder and convener of Democracy Matters, contributing in personal capacity, author of Campaigning is OK!, Learning Power, Citizenship Schools, Family Learning, Unravelling Global Apartheid, founder of Charter 99, campaign for global democracy

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