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Greater Cambridge Citizens' Assembly

How do we reduce congestion, improve air quality, and provide better public transport in Greater Cambridge?

To help us answer this question, a group of people will come together for four days at the Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly and help solve this key issue for the area.

The Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly will take place on the following dates in Cambridge:

  • Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September 2019
  • Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2019

A Citizens’ Assembly for Greater Cambridge

In a Citizens’ Assembly, members of the public are brought together to consider a public issue and make a recommendation on what action should be taken on that issue.

They do this by listening to evidence, discussing the evidence they hear, and reaching a conclusion together on what steps the administration should take next. The Assembly’s recommendation is then given to decision makers who decide what will happen next.

Member of the Citizens’ Assembly will hear evidence, work with other participants and come up with recommendations. They will have the opportunity to meet with individuals from all walks of life who live and travel regularly within Greater Cambridge, have discussions and hear from engaging expert speakers.

The recommendations from the Citizens’ Assembly will be presented to the Greater Cambridge Partnership's Joint Assembly and Executive Board in November/December 2019.

Organisations involved in the Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly

We have been awarded funding and support from the UK Government's Innovation in Democracy Programme(External link) to hold this Citizens' Assembly. It is jointly delivered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Two independent organisations are delivering the Assembly:

  • The Sortition Foundation(External link) promotes the use of stratified, random selection in decision-making. It is responsible for recruiting people to take part in the Assembly; its aim is to ensure the Assembly is broadly representative of the Greater Cambridge community.
  • The Involve Foundation(External link) is a UK-wide public participation charity. Involve will run the Citizens’ Assembly - facilitating and designing the process by which the Assembly members learn, consider and come to recommendations about the topic. They will also write the report on the outcomes of the Assembly.

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Invitation documents for Greater Cambridge Citizens' Assembly - please note the registration process has now closed

Covering letter

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