Report launch - Seizing the opportunity: The case for embracing civil society’s role in democracy

Thursday, 21 January, 2021 - 11:00 to 12:30

At this event, The Brexit Civil Society Alliance will be launching it’s report ‘Seizing the Opportunity: The case for embracing civil society’s role in democracy’.

About the event:

For too long decision making has lacked transparency, been too centralised, and failed to recognise and represent those who will be on the receiving end of Government policy.

This report comes at a time when it is vital for those in power to hear from those they are elected to serve. As the UK responds to the Covid-19 pandemic, creates it’s post-Brexit trade policy, and seeks to implement the levelling-up agenda, policies must be shaped around the needs and views of those they will impact. Outside of policy formation, attacks on judicial review, human rights, and the ability of civil society organisations to be politically active present a dangerous attack on democracy and must be reversed.

This new report aims to provide a way forward, setting out the structural and cultural shifts that are required to truly include the voices of civil society organisations in democratic and policy-making process.

The launch event will be a chance to hear about the findings of the report and recommendations for how government at local, devolved, and national levels can better engage with civil society organisations. There will also be interactive breakout sessions, and speakers that work in and champion the role of civil society.

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