CHAIR OF THE COMMISSION ON STRENGTHENING LOCAL DEMOCRACY COMMENTS ON SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT DEBATE

Speaking as Chair of the Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy, Cllr David O’Neill commented on today's debate in the Scottish Parliament as follows:

“Today’s debate is an important reminder that local democracy should be a key priority for every political party.  

After 50 years of steady centralisation, it’s good that there is now a real debate taking place across Scotland about how to strengthen local democratic accountability and empower communities.  

The Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy broke new ground, and its vision has been widely welcomed. I’m therefore disappointed that the motion to endorse its final report was not successful. If we’re serious about putting communities in control, we need big ideas that could really change Scotland, and that means looking across the whole system of government, not just bits of it.  

I understand that it’s difficult to throw off the shackles of the current way of looking at democracy. However, the reality is that reforms that don’t do so simply won’t deliver the changes that are possible, and may ultimately let down our communities. I’m committed to making sure that the outcomes of today’s debate are not a step in that direction”.

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Wed, 30/11/2016 - 14:08