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Birmingham manifesto - a public voice

May 1, 2014 4:08 PM

A Public Voice

The current thresholds for petitions are too high.

We would set the following thresholds:

 500 signatures: a debate at a district committee meeting, if the topic is relevant to the work of the district;

 2,500 validated signatures: referral to scrutiny to investigate using community call for action procedures.

 5,000 signatures: petitioners to have choice of referral to scrutiny or short debate at Council meeting.

 10,000 signatures: petitioners to have choice of a full scrutiny investigation or a debate at Council with a time limit of no less than one hour.

Volunteers - the lifeblood of the city

We will develop policies to encourage and support volunteers, often working alongside public services in Friends groups. We would develop policies to integrate opportunities for work experience through volunteering with traditional volunteering activities, creating a package of support for those on such programmes.

Many volunteers will work in local projects. However the city's strength is its size and we would encourage more city wide initiatives. For instance we would expect the Library of Birmingham to run a major volunteering project, helping to create outreach teams that can help support local libraries.