Get involved - make your voice heard

Know your rights

The council runs its services on your behalf. As such, there are ways in which you can find out about:

  • How the council is running its services
  • How well it is performing
  • What are the council policies, plans and strategies

If you have a view that you wish to express on any aspect of the council we are keen to hear what you have to say. Find out how you can contribute your views.

You have a right to know where and when decisions are being taken

A full list of forthcoming Council meetings is displayed on our calendar of meetings pages. The major dates are also published in Haringey People, the council's residents' magazine.

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You have a right to see agendas and reports before a meeting

Copies of agendas for all council meetings open to the public are available on the Council meetings pages five days before the meeting.

Agendas for past meetings can also be inspected on our Council meetings pages.

For further information please email making.your.voice.heard@haringey.gov.uk

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You have the right to attend council meetings

COVID-19 update: The council will be holding committee and cabinet meetings virtually until further notice.

Most of the major decisions about the council's business are made at meetings that are open to the public. Everyone has the right to attend meetings of the Full Council, the Cabinet, other committees and sub-committees (although the general public may sometimes be excluded while particular items concerning confidential matters are being discussed). However, if you are asked to leave a meeting you will be told why.

Even if you cannot attend the meeting, you can see the decisions made by the Council and its committees online.

The public is welcome to attend the meetings of Full Council, and most other formal council meetings. Public questions can also be asked at the council meeting if received in writing by 10am eight clear days in advance.

You can also request a deputation to council, if you give notice in writing. Such notice must be received by 10am five clear days in advance (eg Friday - for a meeting on the Monday, 10 days later).

There will still be some occasions when the public can be legally excluded from a discussion - to protect someone's personal privacy, for example. But you must be told exactly what that reason is in each case, and the Council must produce a summary of what was decided.

The Civic Centre has wheelchair access, good lighting and an induction loop system. Meetings held elsewhere are normally in wheelchair accessible locations.

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You have a right to know who are making decisions

The names and addresses of Councillors and information about the memberships of decision-making bodies are available on our Councillors pages.

If you would like further information, please email makingyourvoiceheard@haringey.gov.uk

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Page last updated:

October 4, 2022

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