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#OurDay 15 November 2016, the people behind your valued local government services.

Published on Monday, 14th November 2016

Let’s celebrate local government together! Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is taking part in #OurDay.

From collecting waste to animal welfare, from maintaining parks to cleaning the streets, the hundreds of vital local services delivered by councils will be brought to life in 140 characters when NBBC takes part in a tweetathon tomorrow, Tuesday 15 November.

We will be among thousands nationwide to tweet using the hashtag #OurDay, to give residents an insight into the hundreds of jobs councils do every day. During #OurDay last year over 8,000 twitter accounts participated, sending more than 10,000 tweets and reaching 3 million people.

#OurDay has been organised by the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 local authorities in England and Wales. The LGA is encouraging councils to tell the world what they’re up to as part of a 24-hour live tweetathon, from 00.01 on Tuesday, by using the hashtag #OurDay.

Gwynne Pomfrett, portfolio holder for Central Services said:

“We are delighted to be taking part in #OurDay, it’s a great opportunity for us to give residents an insight into the work of the Council. The services we provide are vital for our communities, although not everyone understands everything we do – for instance, people might know we empty the bins but are they aware that we maintain 500,000 square metres of open space, inspect the hygiene standards of food outlets and operate an award-winning CCTV service? There’s so much we do quietly in the background for the communities we serve and the #OurDay tweetathon allows us to showcase some of our important but less obvious services.”

Cllr William Nunn, Chairman of the LGA’s Improvement and Innovation Board, said:

“Councils work on behalf of their residents, providing a huge variety of services up and down the country, every day, to support people and make their lives better. This is a great chance for residents to go behind the scenes and hear the stories behind the services.

“Councils make a real difference in their communities, but much of what we do is out of sight, like helping vulnerable children and preventing homelessness. #OurDay is a chance to reflect 24 hours in the life of a council, from providing care for the most vulnerable in our local community to cleaning our streets.

“I hope as many local authorities as possible get involved and highlight the good work that is going on in their communities. Councils are the most open and transparent part of the public sector and using social media is an easy and effective way for us to communicate with our residents and answer any questions they may have.”