Milestone for Community democracy – Public Services

People in Scotland are to have their say in a conversation about community decision-making to help make public services more locally focused.

The Democracy Matters conversation will identify new legal rights for communities which would place them at the heart of decision making.

As part of the conversation people are being invited to consider a short set of questions on shaping local democracy. Community groups can also apply for grants of up to £300 to host their own events related to the project.

This conversation marks an important milestone for communities in Scotland and focusses on the importance that local decision making and finding solutions has to ensure Scotland’s public services are built around the communities they serve.

The Democracy Matters conversation is a joint venture between the Scottish Government, COSLA and the community sector and will run until November 2018.

You can get involved by answering the questions contained in the consultation document: Democracy Matters – Your Community. Your Ideas. Your Future or by joining the conversation online.

The consultation document includes downloads of the following supporting materials:

  • overview of how decisions about Scotland’s public services are made
  • guide to help you hold a conversation in your community
  • guide to facilitating a good conversation

More information on how to take part and how to apply for funding to run an event is available online https://beta.gov.scot/policies/improving-public-services/local-governance-review/