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Community Jury FAQs

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THE QUESTION FOR THE JURY TO CONSIDER

 

HOW CAN WE RESPOND TO A CHANGING CLIMATE, INCLUDING SEA LEVEL RISE, TO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY TO THRIVE?

What is a Community Jury?

A Community Jury is a way of talking about a vital issue. A small group of people, randomly selected to represent the demographics of a given area, get together to discuss and debate 'one clear question'. The jury takes 'evidence' and advice from 'witnesses' - experts in their field who can offer guidance on the issues arising around the question. At the end of the process, the jury will produce a set of recommendations that represent the democratic voice of the community, and that will be used to affect change. 

So, how does it work?

Bude's jury is guided by an 'Oversight Panel'. It includes representatives from local community groups, youth groups, businesses, sports clubs, Budehaven School, Town Councillors, Cornwall Councillors and officers from Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency. The Oversight Panel decides the 'one clear question' for the jury to consider. It also decides the demographic make-up of the jury and who to invite as key 'witnesses' (experts to advise the jury), and it ensures the process runs properly.

Who is running the jury - and how is it funded?

The jury is part of Bude Climate Partnership's Shoreline Engagement Project funded by the Climate Action Fund of The National Lottery Community Fund. It is being facilitated by Shared Future, a Community Interest Company with exceptional experience in deliberative community engagement.

Who is invited for jury service?

Every household in Bude-Stratton and the surrounding 10 rural parishes will receive and invite to sign up for 'jury service'. That's about 8,500 households. Everyone over the age of 16 in a household can apply, although the sortition selection process means that only one person per household will be selected.  

 

When will I receive my invitation?

Invitations will be mailed out in mid-August. 

How many hours will the jury sit for?

The jury will meet for 10 three-hour sessions (30 hours total) across three weekends.

When will the jury sit?

The jury will meet on the following weekends: 23 & 24 September, 2023; 4 & 5 November, 2023; and the final date is 25 November, 2023. 

If I am selected, will I get paid?

Yes. Each participant will receive £330 for their time. The Oversight Panel will decide what form payment will take (eg vouchers).

What happens afterwards?

The jury will reach a set of 'recommendations' which will be presented to the community in a 'launch' event, and then taken to statutory authorities such as Cornwall Council, to lobby for further action . Government policy is increasingly looking at community-led decision making and this jury puts Bude, through its Lottery funding, well ahead of the game.

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