Listening Sessions

The Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy is putting the evidence at the heart of its work.  We’re listening to as many views as possible about what local democracy means and what it should look like.

One of the ways in which we are doing this is though a series of panel sessions that took place between January and March 2014.  An important component of this has also been a programme of ‘listening events’ which have helped us start up a conversation with a range of organisation and networks about how to strengthen local democracy. The purpose of these listening events is to ensure that the Commission also has an insight into the wider views of Scottish people from a range of perspectives.

So far five listening events have taken place:

26 February: an event bringing together Community Councillors from across Scotland


1 March: ‘Local Live!’ bringing together young people in partnership with YouthLink Scotland, Barnardos, Scottish Youth Parliament and CLD Standards Council


3 March: an event with disabled people in partnership with Glasgow Disability Alliance (report coming soon)


3 March: an event with the Third Sector in partnership with Voluntary Action Scotland


2 April: an event with faith groups from across Scotland in partnership with Interfaith Scotland (report coming soon)


To get the most from these events, where appropriate we asked the Public Policy Network, part of the Academy of Government at Edinburgh University,  to undertake these sessions.

You can find out about each of these by clicking on the links above.