Democracy Matters

Closed 29 Nov 2018

Opened 16 Nov 2018


Somebody somewhere is making decisions on your behalf. They could be an MP, MSP, local councillor or public service worker. This involves public sector organisations like the NHS, police, councils, the Scottish Government, and a whole range of public bodies responsible for services like local enterprise, housing and transport. This is important work that affects our lives in all sorts of ways, such as helping us to stay safe and healthy, and access fair work and social care.

In recent years, something has begun to change. There is a growing recognition that it is often better for decisions about the issues that affect different communities in Scotland to be taken with more active involvement of those communities. For many people, decision-making can feel like something that happens far away. In modern Scotland power must work in a way that involves and benefits everyone.

To get this right, the Scottish Government will review how responsibilities and resources can be shared across national and local government in a way that delivers the greatest benefit to Scotland's different places. They want to hear your voice and the voices of your friends and neighbours in a discussion about local communities deciding their own future.



  • All Areas


  • Business
  • Citizens Panel
  • Community councils
  • Minority Ethnic groups
  • Voluntary Groups/Organisations
  • Carers
  • Children and Young People
  • Elected Members
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people (LGBT)
  • Low income households
  • Men
  • Older people
  • Parents/carers
  • People with disabilities
  • People with long term conditions
  • Residents
  • Students
  • Voluntary sector/volunteers
  • Young people
  • Council tenants


  • Community planning
  • Local plans and guidelines