On 3rd of March 2014, members of Glasgow Disability Alliance’s Drivers for Change network got together at Calton Heritage & Learning Centre in Glasgow for a discussion about local democracy.
The discussion was chaired by Commission member Pam Duncan. There was a short presentation on what the commission is, what it is proposing, and what it will do. This was followed by round table discussions in small groups.
Over about 2 hours the group of around 20 people discussed a number of questions, including:
• Is it better to take decisions nationally or locally – does it matter?
• Are there some things that shouldn’t be decided locally, or done differently from one place to another – if so, what?
• What is the relationship between local democracy and accountability, and, is it clear who is responsible for what?
• How do disabled people participate in and influence decisions?
• Are there barriers to disabled people’s participation, and if so, what?
• Who represents disabled people?
• What empowers disabled people to take control of their own lives and influence decisions ?
Download a copy of the report: Glasgow Disability Alliance Event