About the Inquiry
The Committee was keen to find out what people think affects ‘community wellbeing’ and launched a new engagement platform, ‘Your Priorities’, to allow the people of Scotland to interact with the Committee in a variety of ways including via video. The tool gave users the opportunity to shape what work the Committee might wish to do on the issue of community wellbeing in the future and to debate and discuss the key issues which impact upon a community. Alongside the digital engagement exercise, the Committee did a number of community events to gather people's views.
The engagement activities took place over the period 15 November 2019 to 22 January 2020 and during this time, the Committee received over 220 ideas and suggestions from over 700 people from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and locations. As part of the exercise, members of the public were encouraged to use the YourPriorities tool to feed in their views and this was also used to capture some of the key issues raised in the community events. The platform is now closed for new entries, but you can still access posts from when the system was live.
The Scottish Parliament's Information Centre has produced an analysis of the key themes raised during the exercise and attached to this is a summary of the events. You can read the analysis and summary here:
The Committee will consider how it will incorporate key themes from the exercise into future scrutiny work.
The closing date for views has now passed.
The Committee also recieved the following written submissions on Community Wellbeing;
The Convener of the Local Government and Communities Committee has written to the following regarding Community Wellbeing and Public Engagement;