What is a Citizens’ Assembly?

Citizens’ Assemblies bring together citizens selected at random from a cross section of the population to take evidence and discuss an issue and make recommendations. Assemblies have been established around the world on a range of topics, often on complex or controversial issues that cut across traditional political party lines. Assemblies normally operate independently of existing institutions, and are supported by skilled facilitators and support teams.

The Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland is Scotland’s first ever such Assembly. A second, Scotland’s Climate Assembly, has also now been established and met for the first time in November 2020. These Assemblies build on a wide range of earlier participation and engagement initiatives in Scotland, for example, Social Security Experience Panels and Citizens’ Forums on attitudes to agriculture.

View further information provided to members on citizen participation here.


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