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We are committed to involving our local communities in creating vibrant towns and neighbourhoods, which are places that people want to be. As part of this we are thrilled to be one of only three councils selected by the government to set up a People’s Panel, which we will use to help create our vision of Forging a Future for all in Dudley.

What is Dudley People’s Panel?

People's Panel logoIt is a way to give a voice to local people. Fifty randomly selected members of the public were invited to consider an issue and make recommendations to the council on what should be done.

The People's Panel gave members of the public the opportunity, time and space to learn about a topic, before giving detailed recommendations for politicians to consider and respond to.

Panel members heard from and questioned witnesses, including experts, other residents and representatives from business and the community. Participants discussed what they heard with one another and decided what they thought.

The Panel made a joint decision on what it thought should be done and has reported its recommendations to the local community and council.

On this occasion the topic was on the future of Dudley and Brierley Hill town centres.

The question

What can communities and the Council do together to make Dudley and Brierley Hill town centres places that are vibrant, welcoming and somewhere we are proud of?

How will we know we are making a difference in: 12 months; 3 years; by 2030? 

To answer these questions a group of local residents got together for four days to take part in a citizens' assembly, which we called a People’s Panel, to help solve these key issues.

Dudley People’s Panel took place during November 2019. 


Following this experiment in participatory democracy, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport have published the Government's Innovation in Democracy materials:

Videos of Dudley People's Panel

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