Calls for Portsmouth residents to join a citizens’ panel

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MORE than 150 people have signed up for a citizens’ panel to have their say about living in Portsmouth – but more volunteers are needed.

Panellists will be asked to join a conversation on a range of issues, helping the city council to shape services and make decisions that are right for residents.

All participants need to do when they join is provide basic demographic information so the council can make sure the panel represents the local population.

Panel members will be asked to complete at least four simple questionnaire’s a year, and will be given the opportunity to take part in quick straw polls and get involved in discussion groups.

The council is aiming for at least 500 sign-ups.

Council leader, councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: ‘I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to join the conversation.’

Panellists can take part online or by completing paper surveys, and they can stop at any time.

Panel members will be given feedback on how their views have been used.

Search ‘citizens’ panel’ at portsmouth.gov.uk, email marketresearch@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or call 023 9243 7996.