Help deliver the best for Brent

Do you want to play a leading role in ensuring that residents across Brent receive the best possible services over the next few years?

Brent Council is now looking for residents to join a new Brent Citizens’ Panel. Members of the panel take part in a range of consultation and research by the council in order to ensure that residents receive services that meet their
needs.

The panel currently consists of 1,194 residents. Recent work has included giving views on whether Wembley should be the location for a regional casino.

Now, with the help of pollsters Ipsos MORI, Brent is beginning to recruit new members for the panel through a postcard campaign to be launched soon and targeted at young people.

The panel is designed to be reflective of Brent’s overall population, and the council would particularly like to recruit young people between the ages of 16 and 25 and residents from black and Asian communities, who are currently under-represented on the panel.

Members will be asked to give their views in a range of ways ? by post, over the telephone, face to face, and in focus and discussion groups.

Brent’s Consultation Team hopes the panel will be in place by January 2007.

Lead Member for Human Resources and Diversity, Local Democracy and Consultation, Cllr Alec Castle, said: “We at Brent are committed both to listening to our residents and to adapting to the ever-changing needs of the people we serve. We also hope to increase the involvement of residents in local decision-making. The Citizens’ Panel plays a crucial role
in all of this.

“What residents wanted ten years ago was very different to what they want today, and that’s why it’s so important for us to ensure new people join the panel.

“The panel takes up very little time and can make a huge difference to the services that residents receive. I hope that many people in the borough will sign up and help out.”

If you would like to join the panel, please contact Katrina Waite on 020 8937 1057 or email katrina.waite@brent.gov.uk

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