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Democracy Matters conversation relaunched by Scottish Government

28 August 2023

Democracy Matters conversation relaunched by Scottish Government

People across Scotland are being asked to suggest ways of increasing local control over decision-making.

The second phase of the Democracy Matters national conversation will give people the opportunity to come together in their communities to imagine how new and inclusive democratic processes can best help their town, village or neighbourhood.

Community Councils and other groups can help guide local discussions by using the consultation document which covers a variety of themes including powers, representation, accountability and participation. Funding of up to £300 is available to help with the costs of hosting events.

Democracy Matters is part of the wider Local Governance Review, led jointly with COSLA, which is considering how powers and resources should be shared between national and local government and with communities. It will inform future legislation on local governance.

You can access the Democracy Matters consultation document and submit your responses by 28 February 2024 here. If you want to host your own discussion event, you can find out more about the funding available here.

Community Councils are also invited to attend upcoming webinars with the Scottish Government to learn more about the role they can play in Democracy Matters. Sign up for our event at 3pm on Thursday 5th October or at 6pm on Tuesday 10th October.