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Sign up for the 2023 Rural & Islands Parliament

22 August 2023

Sign up for the 2023 Rural & Islands Parliament

The 2023 Scottish Rural & Islands Parliament will be taking place in Fort William from 1st to 3rd November.

The Scottish Rural & Islands Parliament is a member of the European-wide network of Rural Parliaments. Each event is hosted by a different rural community - Oban in 2014, Brechin in 2016, Stranraer in 2018 and virtually in 2021.

Discussions held at the previous four Rural Parliaments led to:

  • free bus travel in rural areas for young apprentices
  • reports that informed policy on housing and broadband
  • the establishment of a Rural Equality Network for rural youth and lesser heard voices

The event is supported by a partnership of over 40 organisations, coordinated by Scottish Rural Action and the Scottish Islands Federation, and more than 400 people have taken part in each event.

The outcomes of discussions from the 2023 Parliament will be presented to the Scottish Government and will be considered as part of work to develop the Rural Delivery Plan and review the National Islands Plan. They will also be showcased at the European Rural Parliament in September 2024.

Anyone with an interest in improving the lives of rural and island communities is welcome to attend the 2023 Scottish Rural & Islands Parliament. Places are free but must be reserved in advance on the Parliament’s website, where you can also access this year’s programme of events, including workshops, study visits and social activities.