Birmingham’s Local Democracy Week 11-22 October

Birmingham Local Democracy Week Logo Yes, 11-22 October is longer than a week – but perhaps that will make it even better!

The event is held every October. The 2010 Local Democracy week again offers you opportunities to get involved and the Birmingham Local Democracy website lists some of the ways you can do that.

Local democracy week is inspired by the Local Government Association, supported by Birmingham City CouncilBe Birmingham, and incorporates theLocal Hearts Awards for Birmingham’s big hearted active citizens.

Events happening in the City Centre include:

Localisation and Devolution discussion at Birmingham Midland Institute – Just heard this has been postponed, will update when know new date. KC17:44 11/10/10

Chamberlain Forum presents Ifor Jones, Birmingham City Council’s Director of Constituency Services, to talk about the localisation of services and devolution of decision making in Birmingham and ask whether we can sustain neighbourhood management through community-led initiatives.

  • Constituency: Ladywood, City wide
  • When: 11th October 2010, 1900 – 2030
  • Where: Birmingham Midland Institute, Margaret Street, B3 3BS
  • Open to the general public: Yes
  • Contact: Paul Slatter, 07795 448 462 or

Want to become a councillor? Find out how

The Conservative Party in Birmingham is holding a free event in the Council Chamber in the Council House, which will feature a panel of Conservative councillors and candidates who will also take questions from the floor. You do not have to be a member of the Conservative Party to attend.

  • Constituency: Ladywood, City wide
  • When: October 13th 2010, 1900 – 2100
  • Where: Council Chamber, Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB
  • Open to the general public: Yes – RSVP with name and constituency
  • Contact: Dominic Fisher, 07708 823 816 or

The Culture of Local Government

At this Chamberlain Lecture, Paul Tilsley (Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council) will be talking about the evolving culture of local government and how the Big Society will affect it. There will be a discussion forum afterwards. This event is open to people of all ages who have an interest in the changes in local government and democracy.

For more information visit:

  • Constituency: Ladywood, City wide
  • When: 14th October 2010, 0930 – 1100
  • Where: Council Chamber, Council House, Victoria Square, B1 1BB
  • Open to the general public: Yes
  • Contact: Paul Slatter, 07795 448 462 or

Young People’s Question Time for Ladywood

In conjunction with Ladywood Constituency Committee, there will be a Question Time style event for young people on October 14th. It is being held in order to encourage young people to engage with civic and political issues affecting their local area. For more information contact Sandra Lawrence below.

  • Constituency: Ladywood
  • When: October 14th 2010, 1700 – 2000
  • Where: Safeside, West Midlands Fire Service, 101 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW
  • Open to the general public: Yes
  • Contact: Sandra Lawrence, 0121 464 4551

But please keep an eye on for more events and events in other areas of the city.

And there is more!

Sadly, the Birmingham Local Democracy Website also includes a video of me talking about our Neighbourhood Forum. This was taken when I had a couple of hours training about using a Flip video camera to interview people and events for Local Democracy Week. I was then lent a camera to film with this week! So I am especially keen to know if there are any more Local Democracy events in the city centre – please leave comments below, and more importantly submit your event to if it is not featured on the site already! Thank you!

Karen Caine