Re-imagining Scottish Local Government: Councils and the Future of Scotland

Name of Meeting: Re-imagining Scottish Local Government: Councils and the Future of Scotland
Date: Tue, 19/11/2013
Type: This meeting is public.
Venue: Verity House,
19 Haymarket Yards,
Edinburgh

The three pillars of public expenditure, statutory obligations and discretionary powers which sit with local government make Scotland’s Councils uniquely powerful bodies. The breadth of competencies across almost every policy and service delivery area, taken together with the localised fit of the 32 councils to their communities and local circumstances give them a scope and flexibility unmatched by any other institution.

How do we unleash the dynamism, experience and capacity for innovation that resides within our councils to play an enhanced role in Scotland’s civic, economic, cultural and community life? Is it possible to rethink where we are so that the budgets and powers already in place can be made to add up to much more than the sum of their parts?

Core themes to be covered include:

  • Economic growth, regeneration and sustainability
  • Scrutiny, accountability, democracy and openness
  • Health, wellbeing and sport
  • Crime, justice and community safety
  • Public services excellence, modernising and innovation
  • Education, skills and training
  • Carbon reduction, energy and sustainability
  • Tourism and hospitality, the Scottish brand and the world stage
  • Digital frontier, citizen engagement and smart services