Here’s a nice selection of digital democracy best practice for local gov. Below are some links to consultations produced by some of our happy Citizen Space clients, plus a clever broadband engagement exercise from Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire.

This news roundup includes a collection of consultations, how local gov is using Facebook, plus top blog posts from Dave Briggs and Dan Slee.

5 government online consultations

Camden Borough Council is running a non-linear consultation to garner public opinion on the Camden Plan, Camden’s 5-year plan for improvement.
Visit the consultation portal

The Department of Transport is conducting an engagement exercise into something near and dear to all our hearts – rail ticket pricing. The consultation aims to elicit feedback which will inform the Government’s Rail Fares and Ticketing Review.
Click here to learn more

The Department of Health is consulting on the important topic of front of pack nutritional information and the impact of this on public health.
Read more here

Transport for London is consulting on how to improve the safety of particular section of the A312 Church Road. This consultation features extensive maps and visuals to clarify the consultation purpose.
Visit the consultation portal

Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire have joined forces to bring their communities better broadband service. Delib believes the internet is one of the most powerful citizen engagement tools and so this project is an excellent example of good council practice.
Visit their site to learn more


General engagement

In other news, councils are using the internet to educate and inform their communities in new and clever ways.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has just uploaded the latest edition of its Outlook digital magazine which features council news and community events. Meanwhile, over at Birmingham City Council, all minutes and video archives from council meetings have been made available to the public.


Social media and apps for government

FixMyStreet is crowdsourcing for local authority problems like graffiti, broken pavements and lighting issues. Citizens can report problems via the website or by using iPhone and Android apps.

The Guardian has a Facebook page dedicated to Local Government Heroes. The Guardian’s Local Government Network team post stories about the crucial public work carried out in the UK.

East Hampshire County Council is now using a Facebook page to share news and local authority information with its community. Likewise, Wycombe District Council has a Facebook page to present its ’50 for the Future’ campaign to highlight 50 things for its citizens to be proud of.


From the blogs

Local gov blogger Dan Slee has written an excellent post about what your comms team should look like in terms of its skills and experience, and how to blend traditional and digital comms. Read Dan’s blog post here

Kind of Digital’s Dave Briggs has put together a link roundup blog post with a nice selection of helpful crowdsourcing, blogging, website strategy and other tech links. Visit the blog