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1. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to allow citizens to make informed decisions in relation to Scotland leading with integrity, honesty, humility and transparency in a self-sufficient and innovative way the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

Action Required

make further use of citizens’ assemblies to gather people’s views and ideas on issues of national importance, e.g. to involve citizens in reviewing existing legislation in key areas and suggesting which should be simplified or reviewed.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 3.88% Disagree 6.80% Agree 26.21% Strongly agree 63.11% Total votes 103

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2. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges in relation to citizens' engagement in decision-making the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

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make decisions jointly with citizens through mini assemblies on issues that affect everyone, including all under-represented groups. These should be called at the start of each parliamentary session and be set up to examine specific issues. Their recommendations must be debated in Parliament before the assemblies are disbanded.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 1.94% Disagree 11.65% Agree 42.72% Strongly agree 43.69% Total votes 103

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3. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges in relation to citizens' engagement in decision-making the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

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set up a ‘house of citizens’ to scrutinise government proposals and give assent to parliamentary bills. Membership should be time-limited and representative of the population of Scotland, similar to the way this CA was selected. There should be an oversight body to ensure this. 

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 5.83% Disagree 10.68% Agree 41.75% Strongly agree 41.75% Total votes 103 

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4. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges in relation to citizens' engagement in decision-making the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

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set up a citizens' committee in Scottish Parliament. This would be a randomly selected body, with members being encouraged and supported to take part. It would offer advice and opinions on government proposals, review the work of parliament and hold the government to account. It would be for a fixed term with members receiving a gift of thanks. 

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 4.85% Disagree 9.71% Agree 38.83% Strongly agree 46.60% Total votes 103 

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5. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges in relation to having citizens influence changing laws and making decisions the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

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make more use of Citizens’ Assemblies to involve communities and citizens in deliberating on major policies. They should be used regularly. There should be an independent body to make the decision on when and on what topics when politicians cannot come to agreement, and to ensure accountability for follow up. 

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 2.91% Disagree 14.56% Agree 37.86% Strongly agree 44.66% Total votes 103 

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6. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to ensure that citizens can make informed decisions in relation to rebuilding their communities the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

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establish community-based citizens' assemblies to assess what is happening in our communities (including the effects of COVID-19), identify gaps and recommend actions, including through digital technology, that can bring people together and make our communities more inclusive. 

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 3.88% Disagree 5.83% Agree 52.43% Strongly agree 37.86% Total votes 103 

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7. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to allow citizens to make informed decisions in relation to Scotland leading with integrity, honesty, humility and transparency in a self-sufficient and innovative way the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

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ensure the honesty, transparency and integrity of politicians, the existing standards of behaviour should be promoted and strengthened if required, to increase accountability of those elected for their actions within government. 

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 0.97% Disagree 2.91% Agree 32.04% Strongly agree 64.08% Total votes 103 

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8. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges in relation to citizens' engagement in decision-making the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

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encourage MSPs to act on the views of their constituents, rather than sticking with party lines. They should actively consult with constituents on matters which may have an impact on their community and on matters about which a significant number of constituents have shown concern. 

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 0.97% Disagree 7.77% Agree 43.69% Strongly agree 47.57% Total votes 103 

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9. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges in relation to the lack of public trust in politicians the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

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appoint a non-political independent review body to do a forensic investigation to deliver:
• a more accountable parliament with acceptable standards of behaviour
• responsibility for delivery on commitments
• faster public access to information on what is happening
• acknowledgement of all those who supported society during Covid-19 

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 2.91% Disagree 12.62% Agree 39.81% Strongly agree 44.66% Total votes 103 

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10. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges of/failure to deliver on policy the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

 Action Required

be held accountable and consequences in place when goals are not met.

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 0.97% Disagree 9.71% Agree 31.07% Strongly agree 58.25% Total votes 103 

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11. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges in relation to the Government sharing good quality, honest information with the public the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

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make an annual presentation of major commitments and policies and progress against them. Presented simply and without jargon. Pitched at a level that is accessible but meaningful using media channels in a non-biased and honest way as a true representation of what is happening and what is ongoing. 

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 2.91% Disagree 4.85% Agree 38.83% Strongly agree 53.40% Total votes 103 

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12. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to overcome the challenges in relation to publishing information that is valid, accurate, reliable, verifiable and accessible to all the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

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regularly publish all tax-payer funded documentation (including legislation, research, expert advice, curriculums, etc.) in a free and publicly available space with all relevant links and sources attached in formats that are easily understandable and searchable. 

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 2.91% Disagree 5.83% Agree 42.72% Strongly agree 48.54% Total votes 103 

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14. The Citizens’ Assembly recommends that in order to ensure that transparency is maintained the Scottish Government and Parliament should:

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treat the public as equals and publish all relevant information which informs local and national government decisions in one central location which is easily searchable and cross-referenced. Information should be available for all (e.g. in other languages and in formats suitable for people with disabilities such as using screen readers). 

Voting results: Strongly Disagree 2.91% Disagree 9.71% Agree 39.81% Strongly agree 47.57% Total votes 103

 

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