By Daniel Hunter
Local authorities, councillors and council workers are being encouraged to take to Twitter this Thursday (27 September) to offer residents a live insight into a day in the life of local government.
While everyone knows that their council is responsible for picking up the bins and fixing local roads, residents may be unaware that local government is responsible for providing hundreds of other services, from making sure restaurants are following food safety rules to helping teachers in the classroom and caring for the elderly in their homes.
The Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 local authorities, is encouraging as many councillors and local authority staff as possible to take a couple of minutes out of their day to tell the world what they're up to as part of a 24 hour live Tweetathon.
Starting at 00:01 on Thursday 27 September, and using the hashtag #OurDay, the Tweetathon will demonstrate the enormous amount of hard work and dedication which goes into serving local communities.
The Tweetathon coincides with social media week and the launch of the LGA's new Social Media Friendly Mark, which councils can adopt to demonstrate their commitment to allowing the use of social media during meetings.
"Councils do an enormous amount of excellent work for local communities but the sheer volume and scope of what we do isn't always obvious to the people we serve," Cllr Peter Fleming, Chairman of the LGA's Improvement and Innovation Board, said.
"The #OurDay Tweetathon gives us a great opportunity to tell our story and give people an insight into the 24 hour nature of the hundreds of services we provide. I would encourage local authorities, councillors and staff to take this opportunity to demonstrate how hard they are working for their communities.
"Council tax is the most visible tax people pay, which means we have to be much better than other parts of the public sector at explaining how money is being spent and what we are spending it on. Social media can really help. Not only does it allow us to send messages directly to local people but it also lets us receive and respond to feedback instantly."
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