Decision Maker: Community Policy Development Group, Cabinet
Decision status: Implemented
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To receive the 2 yearly review of the
Community Engagement Strategy and Action Plan
The Cabinet had before it a * report of Communications & Engagement Manager, the Community Policy Development Group had at its meeting on 23 March 2021 made the following recommendations: that the revised Communication and Engagement Strategy and Media and Social Media Policy be approved subject to the inclusion of ‘In addition to the existing channels of engagement in the table above the Council also has statutory functions to fulfil in terms of communication and consultation, this includes planning matters via the Statement of Community Involvement’ on page 10 of the strategy.
The Cabinet Member for Community Well-Being outlined the contents of the report outlining the structure of the communications team and the work of the Customer Engagement Working Group that had fed into the revised strategy. He explained the key highlights in the tables which showed the evaluation against the 2018 objectives, subscribers to the email subscription service had increased by 141% and he informed the meeting that followers of the Facebook social media page had grown 82% since 2018; a quarterly e-newsletter had been launched and the team had supported many services with surveys to interact with the public including budget setting, customer interaction and new build home owners.
Consideration was given to:
· The vital need to keep up to date with digital methods of communication
· The need for more emphasis within the strategy that members were a key channel of communication with local constituents and that should be a key priority
· The major role that members had with communicating with the parishes and how local councillors could feed into their local parish magazines and websites with useful information for local residents.
RESOLVED that the recommendation of the Policy Development Group be approved.
(Proposed by Cllr D J Knowles and seconded by Cllr C R Slade)
Reason for the decision – To ensure that customers, staff, Members and stakeholders are informed and engaged with Council services and news through appropriate and varied channels
Note: *Report previously circulated and attached to the minutes
Report author: Lisa Lewis
Publication date: 13/04/2021
Date of decision: 08/04/2021
Decided at meeting: 08/04/2021 - Cabinet
Effective from: 17/04/2021