Citizens' Panel

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The Citizens' Panel is a group of around 1000 people who live in the county and who are happy to be regularly consulted on the Council's plans, policies and services.

Being a member of the panel means you could get asked for your views on a variety of subjects. Topics can vary from policy matters like our Corporate Improvement Plan to leisure activities, street and transport matters, housing and education in the county. 

We would hope to involve you in around three or four consultations per year, and most of these would involve completing a questionnaire either sent to you by email or through the post.

Those who serve on the panel do so voluntarily although we would pay travel expenses if we asked you to attend a focus group or specific consultation meeting to give your views. These are infrequent.  

The Police, Local Health Board and Probation Service have also asked to use the Citizens Panel as a resource. Panel members can state if they wish to be consulted by these bodies when they join. 

The Panel seeks to be as representative as possible of the population of Powys over the age of 18. However at the moment we still need more people under 30 and we also need more Welsh speakers.

Young people (aged under 18), can also have your say at TOWIP.

 
What happens to your views?

All views and opinions expressed by our panel members are used to help us make informed decisions about how we should go about improving the services we provide to you. 

All member details and views are confidential and we abide fully with the Data Protection Act.  In order to keep you up to date with the decisions that are made, we send all Panel Members a Quarterly Newsletter that summarises the responses we received and highlights some key actions that we have planned as a result.

Application form

  1. Our quarterly newsletter and survey package is either posted out to residents or sent via email. Which method would you most prefer?
  2. Please tell us how you would like to be consulted? (you can choose more than one)
  3. Are you able to understand, speak, read or write Welsh? Please tick all boxes that apply.
  4. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 defines disbility as a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on a persons ability to carry out normal day to day activities.
  5. If you answered 'Yes' to the above question, please tick which of the following best describes the nature of your disability.
  6. Thank you for completing this form. All information supplied will be treated with complete confidentiality under the Data Protection Act, i.e. the information will not be shared with third parties and will only be used for Citizens' Panel purposes. The Data Protection Act 1998 regulates the collection, storage, processing and disclosure of personal data. It also gives rights to individuals about whom information is recorded.
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