The Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee wish to share information about their inquiry into the impact of bank closures.
The main inspiration behind the Committee's inquiry is that the number of bank branches across Scotland reduced by a third between 2010 and 2017. They want to hear from as many people as possible (both as members of a community council, as a business owner or as an individual), and are keen to find out how branch closures have impacted communities at as local a level as possible.
More information is available in the hyperlinks below.
Bank closures: impact on local businesses, consumers and the Scottish economy inquiry: http://parliament.scot/
The Call for views. For the call for views, there isn't a requirement to answer every question, only the ones that are relevant to the community. http://parliament.scot/
The Committee are also running a survey that is targeted more to individuals and businesses. The intention of the survey is to capture as many views as possible and the call for views is there to allow a fuller response. http://bit.ly/bankclosures
If there are any questions about the inquiry please email economyjobsandfairwork@
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 13:02
The Scottish Government have launched the beginning of the public consultation on a new Climate Change Bill.
The consultation is open to all and the Scottish Government encourages all interested parties to take part via the consultation platform - Citizen Space at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/climate-change-bill/.
The consultation will last for 12 weeks, and responses are invited by 22 September 2017. The consultation document can be accessed here, as well as a Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment and Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment. An Environmental Report will also be made available here in the coming weeks.
The consultation is also available in alternate formats on request, including Easy Read, large print, Braille, BSL and other languages. You can request these by emailing the Scottish Government at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling on 0131 244 7767. They are also happy to receive responses in alternative formats, e.g. spoken responses, other languages.
If you have any queries, please contact the Climate Change Bill Team, Scottish Government, 3J South, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ.
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 July 2017 20:15
The Scottish Government has announced that the 2017/18 Community Choices Fund is open for applications.
First launched in 2016/17, the Community Choices Fund is a new fund to support participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland. PB is recognised internationally as a way for local people to have a direct say in how public funds can be used to address local needs. Targeted particularly at work in deprived areas, the fund aims to build on the support provided by the Scottish Government for PB since 2014 as part of a broader agenda around democratic innovation and engaged citizenship.
£1.5 million of the Community Choices Fund is available for Community Organisations and Community Councils. The fund’s aim is to support PB activity which will significantly expand opportunities for more local people to make decisions on local spending priorities and contribute to local participatory democracy. The closing date for applications is midnight 21 July 2017.
For more information go to: https://pbscotland.scot/blog/2017/6/9/community-choices-fund-announced-for-201718
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 21:51
What is the UK City of Culture 2021?
UK City of Culture is a designation given to a city in the United Kingdom every four years by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The winning city enjoys significant economic and social benefits. The UK City of Culture is expected to deliver a high quality cultural programme that builds and expends on local strengths and reaches a wide audience. It should create an economic impact and be a catalyst for regeneration as well as contributing to community cohesion and health and wellbeing. Cities submit a bid document to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in April 2017. A shortlist is published and the final winner is announced by the end of 2017.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 December 2016 11:04