On May 5, Scotland goes to the polls. It’s a pivotal opportunity to think about the changes that could make a real difference in communities.
That's why we're launching a plan that can transform Scotland.
COSLA, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, wants to harness the power of a more locally democratic way of doing things, and overhaul participation in decision making across the country.
A local revolution is within the grasp of the next Scottish Parliament, and we’ve produced a manifesto setting out how to start that process right now. It’s already been endorsed by local politicians from across the spectrum.
We’re excited about what can be achieved, but we know that this won’t be possible without commitment from across all spheres of government.
We’re asking every parliamentary candidate to sign up to 5 key pledges that can put local democracy on the map. All can be delivered within the first 100 days of the next Parliament and all will help set a course towards better and more equal outcomes for all of our communities.
We want to work with anyone who is similarly interested in that task, and we'd be delighted to hear your views.
Speaking as he launched #chooselocal, COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill said:
“Like every local elected member, I passionately believe in local democracy as an positive force for good in every part of Scotland. All of us within Scottish Local Government want to harness the power of a more local way of doing things, and overhaul participation in decision making across the country by bringing democracy closer to people.
“A series of independent reports have shown that it is time for this new, radical, local approach. Communities around across Europe are already feeling the benefits and there's a buzz about what can be achieved here".