Call for Scots to put themselves forward in the fight for democratic rural reform

Rural Action recruiting to democracy and governance committee following rural parliament

CAMPAIGNERS are making a call out for Scots to lead the fight for democratic reforms to improve governance in the Scottish countryside.

Scottish Rural Action (SRA), the campaign dedicated to strengthening the influence of people living in rural areas, is asking people to come forward to join a ‘democracy and governance’ committee to move Scotland away from centralisation and bring about local accountability.

The call follows the Scottish Rural Parliament in October 2016, which voted for issues of democracy and accountability of governance to be top priorities.

“The next step for us is to create working groups for our priority subjects, and I would strongly urge anyone with an interest in democracy and governance to get involved and join our working group.” Emma Cooper, SRA

Emma Cooper, national coordinator of SRA, said: “Democracy and governance was voted in high numbers by those at the Rural Parliament as being one of the top priorities from the Manifesto for us to carry forward and campaign on for the next two years.

“Whilst all parts of the Manifesto are important, having ‘focus-areas’ such as democracy and governance, will allow our campaigning on this matter to be more effective.

“The next step for us is to create working groups for our priority subjects, and I would strongly urge anyone with an interest in democracy and governance to get involved and join our working group.”

The manifesto demands emerged from contributions with over 1,500 people.

The manifesto for rural Scotland produced by the Rural Parliament and over 40 community meetings from around Scotland in 2016 warned that the “increasing centralisation of services takes power away from communities” and identified the need for action to improve government in rural areas. SRA hopes the working group will help deliver this change.

The Rural Parliament also chose to focus on themes including rural transport, business and digital connectivity. The manifesto demands emerged from contributions with over 1,500 people.

People who would be interested in joining the democracy and governance working group can email SRA at info@scottishruralparliament.org.uk.

The full manifesto for rural Scotland can be read here.

Picture courtesy of Scottish Government

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