Council announces wide-ranging reforms in decision-making process

12 July 2018

Kensington and Chelsea Council to adopt a range of new measures to involve residents in decision-making process more than ever before.

Kensington and Chelsea Council is introducing a range of initiatives to ensure that we are putting residents at the heart of decision making.

The move follows an independent review of the way the Council takes decisions and scrutinises them by the Centre for Public Scrutiny which recommended that the Council, among other things:

  • Establish a Listening Committee, comprising of the council leader and lead members who will hold regular meetings with residents around the borough
  • Hold an externally facilitated Borough-wide conversation with local residents about their priorities for their community and families
  • Establish a Citizen's Panel to support the Borough-wide conversation and further consultation with local people

The report was commissioned following the Grenfell tragedy last summer, in light of criticisms that the Council was not listening to residents.

The report, "Change at the Council: Independent Review of Governance", was published in March 2018.

The report’s recommendations were agreed by the Leadership Team last night (Wed, July 11). 

Cllr Elizabeth Campbell, Leader of the Council, said: "Following the Grenfell tragedy last summer, we committed to change the way we work as a Council and put our residents at the heart of everything we do.

"We are now putting our words into action. We are recommending that Full Council endorses these measures to change how we take decisions and ensure that we are involving our residents as much as possible. 

"These initiatives, along with our wide-ranging Cultural Change programme, will pave the way for a better and closer relationship with our residents."

View the full list of initiatives.