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  • Citizenship - Enhancing citizenship, democracy and participation
  • The current discourse around citizenship is claimed by a divisive political discourse that seeks narrow the conversation to immigration status. However the Scottish Civil Society believes that citizenship is about enabling the individual to fully participate in communities - including communities of interest - in the wider society and to contribute as much as they want to. This should include supporting under-represented groups Community Empowerment Act 2015; Community Learning and Development Guidance 2013; Public Bodies (Scotland) Act 2014; Self Directed Support Act 2013; BSL (Scotland) Act. UK: National Citizenship Service; Big Society. Significant barriers including lack of resources, legal responsibilities (e.g. managing own support). Voting, community councils etc. None of it is working as not fully democratic Third Sector - we all have a duty to include communities and to. Citizens Assembly (e.g. Ireland) not about the constitution so what's it about.
  • All citizens have the right and the means to take part
  • "Participatory democracy strives to create opportunities for all members of a population to make meaningful contributions to decision-making, and seeks to broaden the range of people who have access to such opportunities....[A} strong non-governmental public sphere is a precondition for the emergence of a strong liberal democracy" (Wikepedia).
  • 2022 Council election)
  • SG needs to be less risk averse in local governance reform.
  • Localisation Nordic models of local governance. Icelandic constitution writing postcode, gender balanced. Paid for participation.
  • Participatory democracy (Oliver Escobar) Brazil; paying everyone un-taxable amount of money and ensuring equal access to this. People's priorities are practical. Drives different solutions.
  • Help empower people by ensuring the barriers are removing for e.g. taking part in public bodies if they are on UC: All barriers are removed to people taking part in civic duties. Provide untaxed payment.
  • Minutes are here:

As a reminder, we agreed:

  • The manifesto would be both for politicians but also the wider sector
  • It should focus on appealing to all political parties rather than the likely party of government.
  • To look ahead to 2030.
  • To use the SDGs as a frame.
  • To include aims for the next five years and ambitions for 2030.

Aims for Government

Move beyond 12 weeks - The Government should move from 12 weeks being the gold standard for consultation and look to widening out access for engagement.

Open Governance - Public bodies and political parties should look towards open governance as a way of engaging those furthest away/ hardest to reach and as a way to diversify boards.

Ambitions for Government

Aims for the Sector

Open Governance - the sector will mirror the approach by public bodies and political parties and look towards open governance of boards and ensuring that those who are hardest to reach are engaged with.

Ambitions for the Sector

Concluding remarks