The Assembly is made up of over 100 people randomly recruited from across Scotland. The membership have been selected to be broadly representative of the adult population (16 and over) in terms of age, gender, socio-economic class/educational qualifications, ethnic group, geography and political attitudes.
Members meet to discuss and deliberate on Scotland’s future.
To be eligible to be selected as a member Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland people must be:
- eligible to vote under the Scottish Government’s proposed franchise for Scottish Parliament and local government elections as set out in the Scottish Elections (Franchise and Representation) Bill 2019
- available and willing to attend all 6 meetings of the Citizens’ Assembly.
In addition prospective members must not:
- be elected or appointed representatives (including MSPs, MPs, MEPs, councillors and Members of the House of Lords);
- be staff or officers of political parties;
- be in a job or be a public appointee which restricts them from participating in political activity
- have participated in a market research discussion group / focus group etc in the last 6 months
Recruitment for the members took place over the summer, 2019. It was carried out by Mark Diffley Consultancy and Research Ltd following a competitive tender process.