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Autumn update from Local Governance Review

October 9, 2020

The Local Governance Review was launched in 2018 and aims to find out what changes are needed to encourage a more local, participatory and inclusive democracy in Scotland. The review's latest update provides the following information and also links to separate Scottish Government conversations about making Scotland a fairer and more sustainable country after coronavirus.

The update reads as follows:

This year’s Programme for Government provided an update on next steps for the Local Governance Review.

While COVID-19 has caused a delay, the response to the pandemic has reinforced what communities told us they can achieve when they have the power and resources to act. The next round of Democracy Matters conversations will focus on ambitious new arrangements for how decisions are taken in and with communities.

This builds on what people have told us so far. People also told us that coming together with their friends, families and neighbours made it easier to imagine what would make the biggest  difference to their place. For this reason, we hope to begin the second round of Democracy Matters conversations once public health measures allow.

To prepare the way, we will start work now with a small number of very different communities to learn more about how best to design a different democratic future together. Once Democracy Matters resumes we want even more voices to join-in and in ways which give people the best possible opportunity to make the type of contribution they would want.  This time will also be used to consider how ideas for changes to local public sector partners’ powers might support the type of changes communities want to see happen. 

We will continue to provide updates and thank you for your interest.

Until then - stay safe and look after one another!"

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