Movement for Scottish local democracy reform

Third Force News reports that a People’s Council movement has been formed in Scotland, aimed at transforming democracy at a local level.

Originally set up as a result of a perceived lack of community support from Argyll and Bute Council, the movement is calling for fundamental reform of local government in Scotland and a People’s Council meeting has been called to look at how this can be achieved.

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‘Common good’ principles to tackle social challenges

A new “call to action for the common good” website follows on from a report issued in May 2014, and invites evidence, examples and ideas which demonstrate how ‘common good’ practice can help tackle the biggest social challenges facing today’s society.

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More sector thoughts on Scottish devolution

Two Third Force News articles on Scottish devolution issues (out of several more):

 The delay of devolving the Work Programme due to an extension of contracts is unwelcome.

 The chief executive of Faith in Community Scotland discusses the aftermath of the referendum and Smith Commission, and where Scottish civil society must go from here, http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-blogs/social-justice-and-poverty/ten-weeks.

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Making Scottish democracy work for the people

Following the energy of the independence campaign, Scottish umbrella body SCVO has published a report calling for a rethink of democracy in Scotland “so that it works for the vulnerable people whose lives are most directly affected by decisions about welfare reform, the economy, and health and social care”.

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