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Councils Find New Ways to Engage Public on Local Issues

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

19 December 2002

Councils are increasingly using innovative ways of encouraging public participation in local issues, according to new research released today by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

A survey of local authorities found a particularly marked increase of 12 per cent in the use of interactive websites, with just over half of councils adopting this approach during 2001.

Councils appear to clearly recognise the benefits of engaging the public and are increasingly trying to involve people in local decisions and improving local services, the report states. The average number of initiatives used by councils per year has increased from 9.1 in 1997 to 10.5 in 2001.

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