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Leeds Citizens' Panel

Do you have opinions about public services in Leeds or issues affecting your community?

We need people like you to join the Citizens' Panel and tell us what Leeds needs.

The Citizens’ Panel is a group of several thousand people in Leeds who give their opinions about the services and issues that affect where they live. Their views are heard by local decision makers and they find out about new plans and ideas for Leeds. This is just one of the ways that Leeds City Council finds out what people think and need.

If you become a panelist, you will be invited several times a year to take part in activities such as:

  • Telling us what you think about services the council provides and issues affecting where you live.
    For example: filling in a survey on the quality of waste collection, or coming along to a discussion group on cultural events in Leeds.

  • Taking part in research to help the council do things better.
    For example: sharing your thoughts on draft designs for posters that the council is thinking about using to raise public awareness of domestic violence.

  • Helping to spread important messages about what is happening in Leeds with your friends and neighbours.
    For example: sharing a leaflet with your sports club about a major consultation like the council's budget or plans for new housing.
You need to be aged over 18 years to join and you must live in the Leeds metropolitan area. We will treat all your information confidentially and keep it secure in line with the Data Protection Act.

Find out more by reading the frequently asked questions further down this page.

You can apply to join by completing the electronic form in the Top tasks section of this page, or if you would prefer a paper form then feel free to get in touch using the Contact us section of this page.

Recent newsletters and promotional materials are available under the Documents section of this page.​​​​​​​​​​​

What is involved if I join the Citizens’ Panel?

You’ll be asked to complete a number of surveys each year either online or on paper. You may also be invited to attend group discussions and workshops.

How do you choose which people can join the panel?

We want to make sure the Citizens’ Panel has the right balance of people of different ages, backgrounds, and from different places in Leeds. If we have too many people from the same types of background applying then they will be put on a waiting list.

Will my responses to surveys be kept confidential?

Yes. We will treat all your information confidentially and keep it secure in line with the Data Protection Act. We only share the general results of surveys. Your individual comments are stored securely and you complete surveys using a panel ID number rather than your own name.

Will you give me feedback?

​It is not possible to reply to every comment individually because we receive thousands of responses. However, we will contact you regularly to let you know the results of different surveys and what has happened as a consequence.

Is the Citizens' Panel the only way the council listens to the views of people living in Leeds?

No. The Citizens' Panel is just one of the tools the council uses to understand the views of people living in Leeds. There are many other ways the council listens. For example, through our customer service centres, ward councillors, planning process, work with community groups, and more.

Why can't people younger than 18 years old join the Citizens' Panel?

There are some difficulties with making sure that young people have permission from their parents to take part in the panel. There are also some legal restrictions on how we use personal information when someone is under 18. However, the council listens to young people in other ways through our work in schools, Breeze, Youth Council, Voice and Influence Team, Child Friendly Advisors, and local councillors.