Council launches People’s Commission

Councillor Tim Swift.
Councillor Tim Swift.

Calderdale Council is launching a People’s Commission to make sure that people in Calderdale have the chance to give their views about how health and social care services should be provided in the future.

The People’s Commission had unanimous back from all parties at CAlderdale Council, and will give the public an opportunity to debate what services are needed and will also collect and review evidence.

Calderdale Council leader, Tim Swift, said: “The Commission will be an exciting mix of public participation and an evidence gathering panel with an independent Chair.

“This will then make recommendations about future health and social care services in Calderdale, based on the views and evidence which have been given.

“We want the People’s Commission to be driven by people’s experience and views. This is a great opportunity for people to have their say on how our health and social care services are provided in the coming years.”

Led by an independent chair, the People’s Commission will include two councillors from each of the three main political parties and representation from Calderdale Healthwatch.

Dr Alan Brook, chair of NHS Calderdale CCG said: “The concept of a People’s Commission is an interesting and positive one and we would be keen to understand more about this proposal and how it could enhance our approach to engagement and consultation.”