The Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) reports that its Board recently discussed the SNP manifesto commitment to ‘introduce a Bill that will decentralise local authority functions, budgets and democratic oversight to local communities’; and that it then met with the … Continue reading
Common Weal has published a contribution to the Open Government Programme offering ideas on Accountability, Transparency and Participation. These include: A Citizen’s Assembly should be established as a ‘second chamber’ of the Scottish Parliament. That body should have the ability … Continue reading
A Reid Foundation Policy Paper by Dave Watson examines the context and development of public service reform in Scotland and analyses the approaches of the current government and those who advocate other reforms. Five years after the Christie Commission set … Continue reading
We have looked at manifestos for the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary elections and extracted statements and promises that we think may be of interest to people involved in community development. For practical reasons we have confined our review to the three … Continue reading
The Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy has produced an interim report ‘Time to reverse 50 years of centralisation’ . Commentator Lawrence Demarco describes it as “surprisingly radical for a body set up by COSLA”. It argues that Scotland would be … Continue reading
Research exploring the connections between localism and community empowerment, based on a literature review and critical synthesis conducted by staff at Durham University, UK, questions the claim that greater localism increases community empowerment.