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Democracy Matters to Moray

Press release   •   Sep 20, 2018 15:09 BST

People across Moray are being invited to join a ‘democracy matters’ conversation in Elgin on Tuesday 25th September.

Part of the Scottish Government’s Local Governance Review, which asks how community decision making can help to make public services more locally focused, the event seeks suggestions on how Moray communities can get involved in having a say to decide their own future.

A short animation summarises the Local Governance Review, which was launched earlier this year, and the five key questions being asked in Moray to encourage a more local, participatory and inclusive democracy.

The Joint Community Councils (JCC) has been awarded funding by the Voluntary Action Fund to host the event in Elgin Town Hall on Tuesday 25 September 2018 at 7pm-9pm (6.30pm for Registration). The conversation aims to gather and collate the views from Community Councils and other community based groups and organisation across Moray in order to respond to the Review on behalf of Moray communities.

Leading the discussion will be Alastair Kennedy, Chair of Moray Joint Community Councils; Roddy Burns, Moray Council Chief Executive and Brian Logan, Scottish Government Policy Manager.

The campaign asks five key questions about how decisions should be made at a more local level. It asks whether communities, of place or identity, should have more control of decisions and what those might be. It also asks how this should look and what new or existing decision-making processes could be used.

You can download the Democracy Matters report and view information on the Scottish Government website here.

To book a place at the event please visit:

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.  

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