MacKay Hannah

The Scottish Government's Review of Local Governance: A new collaborative future?

Tue 27th Nov 2018

Edinburgh, Holiday Inn Edinburgh City West

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The Scottish Government is conducting a comprehensive review of local governance. This comprises two related conversations with communities and public service partners. The first is about how to decentralise power to a community level, and the second is about decision making arrangements at council/CPP level, or more regionally. This will lead to a Local Democracy Bill later in this Parliament. Both conversations are scheduled to run until the end of 2018.

This conference discusses the Scottish Government's Local Governance Review and is timed to take place toward the end of the engagement period. It will provide an opportunity to contribute further new ideas, learn what has been proposed so far and find out what the next steps toward the Local Democracy Bill will be. Ministers want to encourage radical, creative thinking focussed on outcomes rather than structures.

The SNP manifesto of 2016 stated "We want to re-invigorate local government by reconnecting it with communities. One size does not fit all. The approach taken in Glasgow does not have to be the same as the approach in Galashiels." The Scottish Government's Programme for Scotland 2017-2018 states "working closely with councils, community councils, community planning partnerships, regional partnerships, businesses, the third sector and others, we will continue to reform the way Scotland is governed..."

This conference will discuss how the Scottish Government should respond to and prioritise the range of possible new approaches suggested. Ministers are committed to devolving more power to more local levels but have no set approach in mind as to how this this will be delivered, which means a wide ranging response and set of proposals is possible.

With a range of powerful sectors, services and themes touched upon by the Review - including local government, health, economic development, inclusive growth, emergency services, community interests and local taxation - a powerful Bill with profound consequences for our democratic landscape, for public services and for the relationship between citizens, communities and public bodies may lie ahead.

Benefits of Attending

  • Understand the strategic objectives for local governance and community decision making
  • Find out about the review so far and where we go next
  • Hear radical perspectives on rethinking governance
  • Explore decentralising power and decision making
  • Discuss new approaches to local governance
  • Learn about the Islands proposal and its implications and opportunities for all of Scotland
  • Examine new approaches to local governance for the promotion of place, people and public services
  • Be informed on new thinking on the economy, growth and local taxation

Who Should Attend

This conference will be relevant for anyone responsible for the co-ordination, delivery and quality of public services, public and community engagement, community planning and the operation of shared services, joint working and effective local decision making. This includes Chief Executives, Directors, Departmental and Service Managers, Policy, Service Change and Improvement Advisors and, more generally, all public sector bodies including local government, health, emergency services and all NDPBs and partners in the the private, third and community sectors.


Aileen Campbell MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Scottish Government

Councillor Alison Evison

President, COSLA

David Gourlay

Leadership Development and Cultural Change, Indigo House

Donald Anderson

Director, Playfair Scotland

David Amos

Programme Director, Islands Deal

Dr. Claire Bynner

Research Associate in Public Service Reform, University of Glasgow

Prof James Mitchell

Co-Director, Academy of Government, University of Edinburgh and Member - Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services

Willie Sullivan

Senior Director - ERS Scotland and Campaigns, Electoral Reform Society

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This was a very interesting conference with much relevant content. The first speaker setting the economic context was the best economics presentation I have heard.

Delegate from Scottish Government,
Attending Core Challenges for the Future of Scottish Local Government

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