Call to tackle voter apathy

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GREEN Party members of Sheffield Council are calling for measures to tackle ‘voter apathy’ and increase people’s interest in the local authority.

Couns Jillian Creasy and Rob Murphy say council meetings normally held in the daytime make it ‘difficult for many members of the public to attend’.

They have also called for council meetings to be made ‘more accessible’ to the public by audio recordings, results and decisions from meetings being posted on the internet.

Coun Murphy, who represents Central ward, said: “The turnout at the recent local elections was just 32.77 per cent. Inaccessibility and lack of transparency in council matters is partly responsible.

“Every effort should be made to increase access to the decision-making process.”