Publication - Strategy/plan

Democracy Matters - local governance review: phase 2

This discussion document builds on the first phase of Democracy Matters conversations. It would have provided the basis for a second phase of deliberation on future scenarios for community decision-making in different settings if the pandemic had not prevented these from taking place as planned.

Democracy Matters - local governance review: phase 2


Scotland’s Citizens’ Assembly

The Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland is a group of 100 citizens from across Scotland who are broadly representative of the country and are coming together to address the questions about the kind of country we are seeking to build.

Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgeting is recognised internationally as a way for local people to have a direct say in how public money is spent. In Scotland, over the last two years, more than 100,000 people have voted on how to spend almost £6 million within their communities.

Community Right to Buy

A pre-emptive right to buy land for communities across Scotland. Communities who successfully register a community interest in land have the first option to buy when the registered land is offered for sale.

Community Learning Exchange

An opportunity for communities to learn through the exchange of ideas and the sharing of common solutions. The most valuable part is often meeting new people with similar interests and gaining new insights and perspectives on shared challenges.

The following section is for information only: it describes what the process which had to be postponed due to COVID-19 would have looked like.