Digital democracy in Oldham

Local Government Chronicle
14 Feb 2012

The image of councils being disconnected from the people they serve is a problem all councils face. Oldham MBC is trying to use technology to ‘reconnect’ to its citizens, the council’s leader Jim McMahon, pictured, explains how they are using live streaming of council meetings over the internet to become more inclusive.

When I first moved into the Leader’s Office at Oldham Council last May I knew there was already a large and troublesome elephant in the room.

For too long there has been a serious ‘disconnect’ between Oldham Council and local residents.

It’s a perennial problem not unique to our Borough but - from local to national government - the dangers of not addressing it are clear to all.

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