Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Budget consultation in Sefton online!!!!!!

If you visit the Sefton website today you are sure of a big surprise. Slowly, creakingly it is becoming more user friendly. I accept it would be difficult to get any less welcoming but there are, at last, genuine signs of taking the matter seriously. Good grief they have a twitter and youtube account. Ok many other councils, businesses, voluntary groups and individuals have had them for ages but this is Sefton and the resistance has been very deep rooted. It wasn't so long ago that they refused to deal with online media at all!

One bit of the website refresh I would like to draw folks attention to is the You Choose budget consultation. This is an online tool that has been developed by a local authority to get people to meaningfully engage in the budget process. Please have a go and see if you can produce a legal balanced budget!

Some long time passed I did draw to the powers that be Mark Pack's articles on good practice for Local Authority websites

http://www.libdemvoice.org/two-things-to-check-on-your-local-council-website-13555.html

http://www.libdemvoice.org/its-better-by-blog-why-councils-should-embrace-blogging-17378.html

http://www.markpack.org.uk/yes-council-websites-can/

http://www.libdemvoice.org/adding-some-colour-to-council-emails-16710.html

We still have a long way to go but as the  Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, (The Way of Lao-tzu) said: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


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