OPINION – Chance to see how the council works

THE decisions they take affect many people and the services they rely on in communities right across the city.

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So it is fitting that on occasion they should debate these decisions where the people can see and hear how they were reached.

Of course, council meetings are mostly open to the public, but only if you can travel into George Square at a time when they are taking place.

By using other facilities around the city more people can hear what our elected members think and take the council a little closer to the people they represent.

Many Scottish Parliament committees have gone 'on the road' and many have come to Glasgow for a greater understanding of issues and how they affect individual people and communities.

Hopefully the council's Executive Committee, which takes some of the city's biggest decisions will benefit as much from the tour as the people and both can learn from the exercise.

Democracy is at its best when it is closest to the people and taking the inner workings of the council out to communities will be a step towards greater understanding and limit the possibility of decisions being taken in isolation.

So, when the committee comes your way take the chance to learn how decisions are made and see who is taking them.

THE decisions they take affect many people and the services they rely on in communities right across the city.

So it is fitting that on occasion they should debate these decisions where the people can see and hear how they were reached.

Of course, council meetings are mostly open to the public, but only if you can travel into George Square at a time when they are taking place.

By using other facilities around the city more people can hear what our elected members think and take the council a little closer to the people they represent.

Many Scottish Parliament committees have gone 'on the road' and many have come to Glasgow for a greater understanding of issues and how they affect individual people and communities.

Hopefully the council's Executive Committee, which takes some of the city's biggest decisions will benefit as much from the tour as the people and both can learn from the exercise.

Democracy is at its best when it is closest to the people and taking the inner workings of the council out to communities will be a step towards greater understanding and limit the possibility of decisions being taken in isolation.

So, when the committee comes your way take the chance to learn how decisions are made and see who is taking them.

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