The Citizens’ Panel on Participation has published their report and they have made 17 recommendations to the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee on improving how the Scottish Parliament’s work involves, reflects, and meets the needs of the full range of communities it represents, focusing on improving engagement for those currently under-represented.

Recommendations from the panel include improving community engagementhow the Parliament uses deliberative democracypublic involvement in Parliamentary business and the way Parliament communicates and educates the public on its work. For example, one of the recommendations is to Legislate for Deliberative Democracy.

The Committee has now published an interim report and launched an 8-week consultation on the Scottish Parliament’s Your Priorities platform inviting views on what recommendations should be prioritised and what actions need to be taken to deliver on them.