Taking forward participatory democracy in Scotland

On 13th June, SCDC, Faith in Community Scotland, Fife Council and the Participatory Budgeting Unit based in Manchester, co-organised a national Participatory Democracy Conference which was hosted by Fife Council. A report of the conference is now available to download here.

PB report

The aim of the conference was to share learning and to generate debate and dialogue on the benefits associated with participatory democratic processes. One of the outcomes of the conference was an agreement that the organising group should seek to continue to work together and with other interested parties in maintaining momentum on deepening participatory democracy at a local level and using Participatory Budgeting as a method of engaging and working together with communities on shaping and delivering local services. The group plan to take forward discussions on:

  • What is needed to stimulate the development of participatory democracy models at a local level
  • How we can best share learning and good practice tools and methodologies from across Scotland and beyond
  • Who are, or should be, the partners involved at both national and local levels
  • Forming a response to the consultation on the draft Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill
  • Potential links with PBUK

If you would like any further information, please contact Andrew Paterson, andrew@scdc.org.uk