The Local Government Act 2000 gave Local Authorities, such as Powys County Council, the responsibility to produce a Community Strategy for their area. While this process is being led by the County Council, all the public agencies are involved, and the strategy is considering all aspects of life in the county.
The aim of the Strategy is to make sure that local people can make their voices heard, whilst also ensuring that local services, whoever they are provided by, are better co-ordinated. The process is one that seeks to empower the community and to allow it to influence the long-term vision for Powys, and the way that public resources are allocated to communities over the next 10 to 15 years as reflected in the Council's Corporate Improvement Plan.
Powys County Council's Citizens' Panel is an approximately 1,000 strong group of people who live in the county who are happy to be regularly consulted on the Council's work.
Being a member of the panel means you could get asked for your views on a variety of subjects. Recent topics have included communications, race equality as well as the Council's Corporate Improvement Plan. Forthcoming consultations include what arts provision is needed as well as street cleaning. Typically, we would hope to involve you in four consultation projects per year, and most of these would involve completing a questionnaire either sent to you by e-mail or through the post.
Those who serve on the panel do so voluntarily although they are paid expenses whenever they travel to a focus group or other meeting.
The Panel seeks to be as representative as possible of the population of Powys. However at the moment we still need more people under 30 and we also need more Welsh speakers.