You can now have your say on the UK government’s Localism Bill. It’s just a shame it’s not as easy as it could be.
There are lots of different things to read, and you have to email your response.
A key plank of the Bill is to make more data available and give the public greater power to use and question it (see Decentralisation and the Localism Bill: an essential guide). As far as I can tell, though, there is no real attempt to use technology to engage members of the general public in drafting the Bill itself.
In fact, I’m not sure they really know who or why they’re asking anyway, other than as standard procedure:
“Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Government’s Localism Bill?”
Er, yes; I’m a citizen, one of those people you want to give more power to.
“If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill.”
Can’t I just fill in a survey, or answer some oral questions? No? Oh.
Never mind; at least there’s an email address. Have your say on the Localism Bill.