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Local Governance Review

A nation with ambition - the Government's Programme for Scotland 2017-2018 set out the importance of empowering communities, large or small, to make more decisions for themselves. Our ambition is to place much greater control in the hands of the people who know best what a community needs: those who live or work in the community itself.

The Local Governance Review is the next step of our efforts to reform the way that Scotland is governed. We will work closely with councils, community councils, community planning partnerships, regional partnerships, businesses, and the third sector to explore what can bring about positive change. The most important test of every change that is proposed will be what citizens themselves want to see happen.

We will launch the review before the end of 2017. This will mark the start of intensive engagement that seeks to involve everyone with an interest in the future of local democracy in Scotland.