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National Democracy Week – Talk to Government about making your voice heard
The first ever National Democracy Week is taking place across the United Kingdom this week (2-8 July).
The government wants to help as many people as possible to talk about democracy, elections and voting and make their voices heard. The Cabinet Office is working with organisations - including Scope - who are committed to helping people from all backgrounds have their say in the decisions that affect them.
There are many ways to do this. For example, we have organised more than 3000 fantastic “Equaliteas” events; a picnic in Parliament Square; and a tea party for older residents run by the Scouts and other youth organisations. Details of all of these events and more can be found in the Events section of our website.
In addition to this great work we know more that needs to be done to dismantle barriers to taking part in our democratic system. National Democracy Week is a great opportunity to have a conversation about your experiences of accessing democracy and discuss what might be improved. For example, you may want to talk about what are the challenges you face? What would help address them? What more could be done to make the electoral process more inclusive?
Senior representatives from the Cabinet Office, which is responsible for implementing the government’s policies on voter registration and the electoral system, will be online on Thursday to hear your views and answer your questions. The question and answer session will cover how elections work, how to register to vote and where to find information about local representatives for example
My name is Gareth Baynham-Hughes and I will be online tomorrow between 9 and 10am to help with your queries.
I look forward to discussing democracy with you!