We're joining @involveUK this morning for the launch of the #ClimateAssemblyUK report 📖

Over 100 citizens from across the UK met for four weekends of learning, deliberating and voting

Watch the live stream from the @NetZeroUK home page
climateassembly.uk
2/ The assembly was established by six select committees to inform their work on how the UK can meet its target of net zero by 2050.

It is designed to strengthen and support decision making in parliament by providing a valuable body of evidence about the views of the public.
3/ The 108 assembly members who committed nearly 60 hours to the process, came from “all walks of life and across the UK”. The youngest was 16 and the oldest 79, including people who work for the NHS, business owners, full time carers and many others.
4/ Citizens' assemblies help to make sure that everyone has the best possible information about public preferences to inform decision making. Speaking at the launch @AlokSharma_RDG said "the climate assembly has shown the benefits of working with a dedicated group".
5/ An opportunity to hear from some members of #ClimateAssemblyUK including Ibrahim "If done well a citizens assembly can be a true reflection of the thoughts and wishes of the population of the country, and generally the positions tend to be more acceptable to the public."
6/ @Dunne4Ludlow Chair of the @CommonsEAC points to the value of a citizens' assembly for select committees. They provide an informed set of proposals and recommendations from members of the public to help with committee deliberations.
7/ You can read the report and catch the recorded launch event if you missed it on the @NetZeroUK website

climateassembly.uk
8/ The Unit's work on deliberative democracy is run by our Deputy Director @alanjrenwick who was also on the Advisory Panel for #ClimateAssemblyUK

You can see more of our work on this topcic, and others, on our website
ucl.ac.uk/constitution-u…

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