Big City Conversation

Big City (outines)Decision Making In Sheffield

As members of the Equality Hub Network, we would like to draw your attention to the ‘Big City Conversation’ engagement work which is taking place around Sheffield at the moment.

The Big City Conversation will be a chance to talk to Sheffield City Council “about how you want to tell us (and partners who work with the council) about the things you need, the things that affect you, and how you feel you can influence decisions around these issues”.

If you’re keen to find out more, information about this can be found at 

Conversations have already started and there will now be a series of events taking place over the coming months. We will be organising specific events for the Equality Hubs to take part in and will be in touch soon to let you know more about these.

If you are keen to talk about governance there is a citywide discussion on this on Wednesday 30th October on the theme of ‘how should decision making work in the 21st Century’. If you’re keen to attend please see more information in the email below.

Dear partner

I have been asked by Councillor Terry Fox, Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council to facilitate an independent event to discuss the way decisions on a city wide scale might be made in the future.

The option to change from a Leader & Cabinet model to a Committee model will be put to the people of Sheffield at a referendum in May 2020. Councillor Fox and the Scrutiny Committee have to define the principles of that proposed change by January’s Council Meeting. That is an incredibly short and difficult timescale in which to try and get the public involved and to capture their thoughts and suggestions about what needs to be done. This is where the following event comes in, as a first step.

The event will consider the question: ‘How Should Decision Making Work?’ and will look at the principles that ought to be part of designing any new decision making process to be developed before the Governance referendum in May 2020.

It is part of the recently announced ‘Big City Conversation’ and this first event will collect evidence for the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee that is carrying out the Review for the City Council.

The event will be independently chaired by myself. You will have the opportunity to:

  • hear from a range of national experts and local business and community groups about what they think;
  • explore and ask questions about the various options; and
  • have your say on what is most important to you about how the city should be run in the future.

The event is being held at the Town Hall on Wednesday 30th October from 6pm to 8pm.

I would like to invite you to be a part of the conversation – please sign up via Eventbrite: Big City (outines)

Please share this information via your own networks.


Nigel Slack
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