Scotland’s first Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy has today asked for people and organisations across Scotland to share their views and experience about why local services and local accountability matter.
Speaking on behalf of the Commission, its Chair Councillor David O’Neill said: “Today we started a process to put stronger local democracy firmly on the map. At a time when Scotland is changing, we want make sure that the focus is on local issues, not just the internal workings in Holyrood and Westminster.
“When the Commission was launched we said that we would be putting the evidence at the heart of our work. That is why we have today started the conversation about what strong local democracy in Scotland means, and what the future might look like.”
“We will use the information we get to develop our thinking and explore new ideas, and so what people tell us now is vitally important. However, this is only the first step in our commitment to focus on the issues that people in Scotland tell us matter. Over the coming months the Commission will be putting in place different ways in which people can meet us and share their ideas- in fact, we want to hear from people about how we should do this”.
Councillor O’Neill concluded: “There is a lot to play for and that is why this Commission is about real life and not just ideology. As a group, we want to deliver real change as well as influence change elsewhere. Today we are asking some new questions about why local services and local accountability matter. I hope that people in Scotland will help us find the answers.”
Note to Editors
– More information about the questions and how to respond to them are available at: http://www.localdemocracy.info/call-for-evidence/