Local democracy in Newham needs to improve to better engage, involve and represent all our residents. That is why the Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, has set up an independent Democracy and Civic Participation Commission.

Newham Democracy and Civic Participation Commission

The independent Commission heard from hundreds of local residents, community groups, councillors, and national experts about how to improve local democracy in Newham from November 2019 – February 2020.

They are now in the process of analysing this information and writing their final report with recommendations for Newham Council, which will be published in spring 2020.

Check out the links below to learn more about the Commission, their work, and what they heard as part of their engagement in Newham.

Commission Blogs

Read the most recent blog posts from members of the Democracy and Civic Participation Commission.

Giving Citizens Power through Digital Democracy

19th February 2020

In 2014 Taiwan's government came to the island's civic hackers to ask for their help in finding new ways to listen to citizens. Does vTaiwan point towards a solution for improving democracy in Newham? READ MORE +

Better Services and Outcomes through Citizen Co-Production

17th February 2020

Citizen co-production of public services and outcomes is nothing new. What is new is that it needs to be done more effectively and integrated into the public value process which underpins public services. READ MORE +

Innovations in Democracy

3rd February 2020

Public dissatisfaction with democracy has grown substantially in the last quarter of the century. Yet when we look around the world, we also see a counter-trend of attempts to renew democracy, particularly at the local or city level. READ MORE +