SCDC response to Inquiry into the Flexibility and Autonomy of Local Government
The Local Government and Regeneration Committee of the Scottish Parliament has invited interested organisations to submit written evidence to the Committee setting out their views on four questions. The response from the Scottish Community Development Centre is limited to the first of these questions
Does any action require to be taken to improve the level of public engagement and interaction with local government, if so please suggest what action might be beneficial?
This is an area SCDC has a great deal of experience in and plenty to say! We argue that a lack of two-way engagement in local government has contributed to democraphic disaffection in Scotland. A strong, constructive relationship between local government and communities can enhance decision making and service delivery, and help to create a healthier democracy more generally.