More than 100 residents have registered to attend a ‘BBC Question Time’ style event being organised by the City of Edinburgh Council as part of their wider engagement about changes to local services.
The event, taking place in the City Chambers on Thursday, 10 November (7.15–8.30pm), is part of a seven week engagement period, asking people to play their part by giving their views through various channels including an online survey and dialogue page where residents can speak to other people in their local area.
Residents who can’t attend the event are being encouraged to watch Question Time live or afterwards using the archive via the Council’s webcasting service. There will also be the opportunity for people to submit questions via Twitter during the eventusing the hashtag #playyourpart.
The event is being run in partnership with the Edinburgh Evening News for the third year running and will be chaired by Euan McGrory, Deputy Editor of the Evening News, Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday.
Many of those attending have already submitted questions in advance and there will also be the opportunity to ask questions on the night, which will be answered by a panel of six senior councillors, consisting of Council Leader, Cllr Andrew Burns; Deputy Leader, Cllr Frank Ross; Finance and Resources Convener, Cllr Alasdair Rankin; Transport and Environment Vice-Convener, Cllr Adam McVey; Health, Social Care and Housing Convener, Cllr Ricky Henderson and Communities and Neighbourhoods Convener, Cllr Maureen Child.
Cllr Alasdair Rankin, said:
We have an increasing population, inflationary pressures, decreased budgets and greater demand for our services so it is really important that we get residents’ views on how we can more efficiently deliver services.
We’ve had an excellent response to our Question Time event again this year and I would encourage residents to take theopportunity to tune in live via the Council’s webcasting service and send in a question via Twitter on the night. The wider engagement on changes to council services doesn’t end until 21 November so there is also still plenty to time to give us your views, online, by phone or in writing.
Last year’s event was well attended with an additional 250 tuning in live via our webcast, which was subsequently watched by almost 4,000 people via our archive.