What do the Local Joint Committees do?
They take decisions about the local delivery of a range of services.
They look at how local public services are provided and can get Shropshire Council's leading councillors or senior managers to attend meetings to explain decisions affecting their area.
They have money from Shropshire Council that they can use to fund local community projects or to improve local public services.
They enable people to get involved in decisions that are taken about their area.
Which areas do the Local Joint Committees cover?
The 28 Local Joint Committees cover the entire Shropshire Council area.
Where and when do the LJC meetings take place?
Each LJC meets several times a year at local venues.
How do the meetings work?
Local Joint Committees enable people to:
- Get involved with democracy at a local level
- Meet with and talk to local councillors and get them to explain their decisions and report back on progress
- Influence ways in which money is spent in the community
- Get issues that are important to you discussed at the LJC meeting
- Get information from other public organisations such as the police or health service
- See local decisions taken in an open and transparent way
Who is involved?
Local councillors from Shropshire Council and all of the parish and town councils in the local area have voting rights when it comes to making decisions. Local people are able to discuss issues, raise concerns, ask questions about local services and call service providers to account. Other public organisations such as the police, health service, and fire and rescue service, can also be invited to the meetings to provide information.
Each LJC is supported by a community action officer from the community action team and a committee officer. The community action officers help to maximise local engagement in the work of the Local Joint Committee, support members of the committee to bring forward matters of interest or concern, and help to ensure that strong links are made with community-based groups, organisations and activities.