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Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy Interim Report published

The independent Commission on Strengthening Local Democracies has published its interim report.

The report focuses on the increased centralisation of local services in Scotland over the last 50 years, and stresses that Scotland would be "fairer, healthier and wealthier if local communities had control over the issues that matter to them".

Commenting on the report, Chair of the Commission Councillor David O'Neall stressed that "it is time to think about a different way of doing things where local people are in charge of what happens in their communities."

"Local democracy can unlock the solutions to our nation's most profound problems, but must be empowered to do so. Those changes might be daunting, but that is what we are calling for," Councillor O'Neall continued.

CSPP Interim Executive Director Richard Kerley said "we welcome the work the Commission has put into gathering evidence and ideas from such a wide range of sources and look forward to the next stage of the enquiry."

it is time to think about a different ways of doing things in which local people are in charge of what happens in their communities.  Across the world, many countries are reaping the rewards of doing just that.   Whatever the result of the Referendum, we’ve therefore got a huge opportunity to think about the kind of country that we want to live in, and make sure that there is a lasting local legacy for local communities in Scotland.” - See more at: http://www.localdemocracy.info/2014/04/24/time-to-reverse-50-years-of-centralisation/#sthash.tqIKL4jr.dpuf

The full report can be accessed here.

fairer, wealthier and healthier if local communities had control over the issues that matter to them - See more at: http://www.localdemocracy.info/2014/04/24/time-to-reverse-50-years-of-centralisation/#sthash.tqIKL4jr.dpuf
   

SCVO Charity Awards finalists announced

The SCVO Scottish 2014 Charity Awards finalists have been announced!

The awards, taking place on the 5th June at Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, contain a variety of finalists - from children's charities to housing associations.

To see a full list of the Charity Award finalists, please go here.

   

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