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Are you interested in getting your point of view across on health and social care issues in Edinburgh. If so, you can ask to make a deputation to the IJB.

Representatives of groups or organisations can make deputations at the Board’s meetings and committees on items being considered. They will be able to put their point of view directly to health and social care decision makers and influence the issues that matter to them.

Alongside ongoing public consultations on major issues such as the Strategic Plan, the deputation process allows groups to make formal presentations at the public Board meetings.

Deputations aim to encourage greater public participation in the democratic process and are already a feature at meetings of the Council and its Committees.  Now community and other groups with a common goal can submit deputation requests to the Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board. 

When making deputation request representatives should indicate which group/organisation they represent and they must be an office bearer or spokesperson of this organisation. Ideally, groups will also provide information about the issue they wish to raise. This will allow officers the chance to look into their issue and provide a suitable response at the board meeting.

How to make a deputation

  1. Deputation requests must be submitted to the clerk by 5pm, two days before the meeting takes place.
  2. Deputations should only be accepted from an office bearer or spokesperson of an organisation or group.
  3. The Chair has the discretion to waive the requirements in the above paragraphs if they feel it is appropriate.
  4. Deputations can only be on an agenda item being considered at that meeting.
  5. The Board or committee will be asked whether they wish to hear the deputation but must not discuss the merits of the case itself. If necessary a vote will be taken without discussion on whether to hear the deputation or not.
  6. Deputations should be allowed 10 minutes to present their case, although this can be reduced by the Chair, if there is more than one deputation on the same subject. Following their deputation, questions are permitted from members.
  7. Following questions the deputation is asked to retire to the public seating area to watch the debate and decision on the matter. The deputation does not take any part in the debate or the discussion of the relevant item.

You can ask to make a deputation by email or by contacting Jamie Macrae (Committee Services, The City of Edinburgh Council) on 0131 553 8242.