Northumberland councillors and staff to tweet about #OurDay

County Hall, Morpeth.
County Hall, Morpeth.

Councillors and staff from Northumberland County Council are taking part in a tweetathon today, using the hashtag #OurDay as part of a national campaign.

Organised by the Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, #OurDay encourages local authority staff to spread the message about the hundreds of services councils provide.

Coun Scott Dickinson, business chairman at Northumberland County Council, said: “Northumberland County Council delivers more than 700 services that are focused on helping our communities. These services have a direct impact on the daily lives of residents across the county, yet many of them are things people may not even be aware of.

“#OurDay is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the positive impact our services have on the community, while also recognising council employees’ commitment to public service.”

Last year, 8,000 people got involved in #OurDay, sending more than 16,000 tweets and this year is expected to be even bigger as Northumberland County Council joins thousands of other local government workers showcasing a typical council day.

Coun David Simmonds, chairman of the LGA’s improvement and innovation board, said: “It’s important that councils explain what they do and that residents get a chance to hear some of the stories behind the huge variety of vital work that is put into practice from Town Halls up and down the country on a daily basis.

“Councils make a real difference in their communities, but much of what we do is out of sight. #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.

“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 to answer any questions they may have.”