Development Councils - A Proposal For A New System Of Local Democracy In Scotland


Scotland has the worst degree of local democracy in Europe. To correct this, Scotland should create a new tier of local democracy at the community level. The size and shape of each new democratic area should be defined by communities themselves through a participatory process. Each area should then be represented by a Development Council, elected by every member of the community aged 16 or above.

These Development Councils would be free to set policy in any area not reserved to the Regional Authority above it and would have a substantial autonomous budget.

The focus of this work would not be management or administration but development and additionality.