The future of local government in Scotland is to be examined in an inquiry launched today (Monday 10 February) by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee.
The inquiry will explore whether local government has the necessary flexibility, autonomy, and constitutional place to meet the ongoing and future needs of communities across Scotland. The Committee is inviting all those with an interest in this area to share their vision for the future.
Issues such as the legal, constitutional and funding mechanisms in place will be explored during the course of the inquiry which is expected to begin taking oral evidence in April 2014. The Committee will also consider public engagement and turnout at local elections.
Committee Convener Kevin Stewart MSP said:
“Local democracy plays a vital role in the lives of people across Scotland. As we debate questions about Scotland’s constitutional future it is timely our Committee take the opportunity to examine whether the local democratic structures currently in place are right for Scotland, no matter what the future may bring.
“Our Committee will look at a range of issues during this inquiry and we want to hear from those with an interest in how local government operates as well as those living and working in communities about their experiences of local government.
“This inquiry is about looking across Scotland and beyond to ensure local government is in the best place to face the future.”
In addition to examining the autonomy and flexibility of local government, the Committee will also compare the structures in place in Scotland with other jurisdictions as well as how remote communities, such as rural or island communities, are accommodated within local government structures.
Submissions should be limited to no more than eight pages of A4. Responses should be sent, wherever possible, electronically and in MS Word format to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Responses can also be sent by post to:
Clerk to the Local Government and Regeneration Committee
The closing date for receipt of submissions is 6pm on Friday 28 March 2014.