Local Governance Review

We want to devolve more power to more local levels.

We jointly launched the Local Governance Review with COSLA to ensure Scotland’s diverse communities and different places have greater control and influence over decisions that affect them most.

The review will do this by considering how powers, responsibilities and resources are shared across national and local spheres of government, and with communities.

On 16 May 2019 Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government and Cllr Alison Evison, COSLA President shared the reports based on the analysis of responses to the first engagement phase of the Local Governance Review  and outlined next steps in a joint statement

Future of community decision-making

These reports reflects what we heard from over 4,000 people who took part in #DemocracyMatters conversations about the future of community decision-making. At hundreds of events across Scotland, people discussed whether their community should be able to take more decisions about a whole range of public services, and the benefits this might bring.

The Democracy Matters conversation was framed by a small set of open questions found in the consultation document: Democracy Matters - Your Community. Your Ideas. Your Future. A Democracy Matters: easy-read guide was also available.

To round off the conversation,  a cross-sector stakeholder group hosted a series of larger regional events. These brought people together to reflect on emerging issues and share ideas on how best to address these. You can download slides of our presentation.

We have produced the following as a result of these conversations:-

Alternative arrangements for public service governance

At the same time as ‘Democracy Matters’, more than 40 public sector partners submitted proposals for alternative governance arrangements designed to improve outcomes for people and drive inclusive growth in the places they serve. These proposals were sent in response to a letter from the Scottish Government and COSLA to Scotland’s public sector leaders. We published a report detailing this analysis of alternative governance arrangements on 16 May 2019. 

These reports will guide us in deciding what our next steps are. This will involve coming back out to communities across Scotland, working with a wide range of interests, to create a system of accessible, community-led decision making that will become integrated into Scottish society.

We are encouraging everyone to get involved and help strengthen democracy in a way that makes Scotland a better place for all. If you want to stay in touch, you can sign up to our newsletter, email us at democracymatters@gov.scot and follow us on Twitter @CommEmpower.