What is a real Citizens’ Assembly?

A citizens’ assembly is a group of people – selected at random and representative of the local population – who come together to hear evidence, discuss and decide the way forward on a given issue.

Independent

It must be paid for by the council but organised and run by an independent team of coordinators with no prior links to the council or Extinction Rebellion

The purpose and topics of the citizens’ assembly must be set out and agreed before it begins

Inclusive

Participants in the citizens’ assembly are randomly selected, like a jury, and must represent the full diversity of Lambeth

Evidence will be presented to participants by a diverse range of organisations and independent experts, including input from the wider community

The process must be promoted and completely transparent with all information given to the the participants and the resulting recommendations being widely distributed

Impactful

The council should agree in advance to act on recommendations that get enough support from the participants