The Neath Port Talbot Council are starting up a New Citizens' Panel so to let people in the county borough have their say on local issues and they are looking for residents to join.
Council Leader, Councillor Rob Jones said:
“Making it easier for our residents, partners and wider stakeholders to give us feedback on our work and contribute to policy and service developments is one of the key priorities in ‘Talking NPT’, our Communications and Community Relations Strategy.
“We want to actively involve the people of our communities in our decision making at a very early stage, so that they can help us shape proposals before we even go out to wider public consultation. Our new Citizens’ Panel will be key in helping us with this approach.
“The Citizens’ Panel will not replace our formal consultations, but will complement them and provide another way for the people of Neath Port Talbot to have their voices heard.”
The Council is now recruiting residents of the county borough to form the panel with the first survey expected to be sometime in the spring.
Make it easier for Neath Port Talbot residents to give feedback to the Council on its work and to contribute to policy and service developments.
Actively involve residents in decision making at a very early stage, so they can help shape proposals before they go out to wider public consultation.
Develop a way for obtaining quick and reliable feedback from residents about proposals and new ideas.
Help the Council understand its residents’ perspectives to help with decision making.
By joining the panel, residents of Neath Port Talbot, will have a chance to help inform issues relating to the Council. This means residents will be able to provide a more informed and balanced public conversation by telling the Council what they think about Council policies, priorities and/or services and this will inform the decisions it will make in a structured forum.
To join this panel, you do not need any knowledge of council services. The Council is looking for a large group of different people with a variety of views.
If you want to join the panel you will need to be over 16 and provide some personal details, so that the council can make sure that the panel is made up of a diverse group of people (e.g. people of different ages, gender and different ethnicities) and is as representative of the communities within the county borough as possible.
Residents of Neath Port Talbot that are interested in joining the Citizens’ Panel you can register online Here