Jo praised the service provided by Silver Surfers
Jo Swinson promoted her new e-consultation service on a visit to Kirkintilloch Silver Surfers today.
The e-consultation service will see Jo contacting constituents by email to seek views on a varied range of issues. Responses will be polled and results emailed out to participants, with Jo making use of feedback in her role as MP. The Silver Surfers is a group funded by BT and Age Concern, set up to teach IT and internet skills to elderly people.
Commenting on the new service, Jo said:
“The idea behind the e-consultation service is to prompt people in East Dunbartonshire to put their views across on some of the more complex or thoughtful issues I represent them on.
“Participants in the service will be contacted by email and asked to give their views on a particular issue, which will then feed into an overall poll of responses. Discussions could focus on national issues such as freedom of information laws, or local matters like the improvement of East Dunbartonshire town centres.
“As Kirkintilloch Silver Surfers shows, IT can be accessible to everyone, and can offer valuable tools to MPs, MSPs and Councillors to improve the service they offer constituents. One of my aims as a Member of Parliament is to use the potential of email and the internet to represent better the people of East Dunbartonshire.
“To sign up to the e-consultation service, just send an email with your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. The first consultation will start in early September.”