Democracy matters: people to have their say on Scotland’s public services

(adapted from an email from the Improvement Service)

People across Scotland are being invited to join 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. The Democracy Matters conversation is a joint venture between the Scottish Government, COSLA and the community sector and will run over the next six months.

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. To find out more about the grants, please visit Voluntary Action Fund’s website:https://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/funding-and-support/democracy-matters-community-engagement-fund

You can get involved by answering the questions contained in the document, Democracy Matters – Your Community. Your Ideas. Your Future: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/05/6780

Scottish Government has also published the following supporting materials:

  • guide explaining 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

To return your answers:

You must include a completed respondent information form, available to download here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/05/6780/downloads

For those who can’t attend a community event but want to join the conversation, you can get involved at Scottish Government’s ideas.gov.scot platform: https://www.ideas.gov.scot/local-governance-review/

More information

Contact democracymatters@gov.scot

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/05/6780

https://beta.gov.scot/policies/improving-public-services/local-governance-review/

https://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/funding-and-support/democracy-matters-community-engagement-fund

https://news.gov.scot/news/communities-to-shape-democracy

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