Report on local democracy published

15th August 2014

The Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy has published its proposals on rebuilding Scottish democracy, regardless of the outcome of the referendum. The report, published today, is the culmination of a year's worth of of investigation into the past and future of local democracy in Scotland. The report's authors have found that:

  • 50 years of centralisation has not tackled the biggest problems that Scotland faces
  • For a country with Scotland’s relative wealth and strength, the level of inequality today is simply intolerable, and has huge social and financial costs
  • There is a link between the absence of strong local democracy at the moment and the prevalence of inequalities
  • It is communities that empower governments at all levels, not governments that empower people

The report is available for download here: 

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University of Edinburgh
15th August 2014
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