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Democracy Matters phase 2 - postponed

March 20, 2020

Democracy MattersDemocracy Matters, the ongoing conversation with communities around Scotland around improving local democracy and community empowerment, has had to be postponed due to coronavirus.

Seperately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Scottish Government had to postpone the planned launch of the second phase of the Local Governance Review on 12 March.

Subsequently, with new public health measures on coronavirus announced this week, the government has announced it will not be possible for Democracy Matters conversations to take place in the immediate future. This is due to the health and wellbeing of people being the primary concern. 

The Scottish Government says it hopes to restart the conversations as soon as it is safe and practical to do so. A small group of stakeholders from the community sector, equalities interests, Local Government, and the Scottish Government met with the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government and the COLSA President on 12 March to discuss their hopes for the next phase of engagement, once it gets underway.

We'll post more information when it becomes available. In the meantime, you can find out more about Democracy Matters on the following links.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to postpone the planned launch of the second phase of the Local Governance Review on 12 March.

 
Subsequently, with new public health measures on coronavirus announced this week, it will not be possible for Democracy Matters conversations to take place in the immediate future. We know this news will be disappointing to many of you who are passionate about local democracy and community empowerment. However, in these difficult times, the health and wellbeing of people needs to be our primary concern.  
 
We hope to restart the conversations as soon as it is safe and practical to do so. A small group of stakeholders from the community sector, equalities interests, Local Government, and the Scottish Government met with the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government and the COLSA President on 12 March to discuss their hopes for the next phase of engagement, once it gets underway. We will be in touch with the group on any developments, and with you, so keep an eye out for future editions of our newsletter.

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