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Scotland's leading community sector networks have joined together as the Scottish Community Alliance in order to  campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland.

The Alliance has two main functions - to promote the work of local people in their communities and to influence national policy development. We email regular briefings to our supporters on both these themes. More about us here...

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22 October 2014

Most people agree that the timescale given to the Smith Commission to complete its work is ludicrously short. But because of the hyper-sensitive politics surrounding ‘the vow’, much is being made of keeping to the timetable as agreed. While the time frame might be a given, the process to be followed is not. In the past, decisions about new constitutional powers would emerge after months and sometimes years of private deliberation by the great and good of the legal, academic, political and civil society establishment. That way of doing things is now surely in the past. The referendum campaign changed all that. Scotland has rediscovered its appetite for politics and that’s something that needs to be nurtured as well as cherished. There has been much talk since the referendum of the need to conduct our politics differently from now on.  And that certainly means that the Smith Commission has to do much more than simply provide the public with an opportunity to have their say, by email, by the end of next week. Whatever Lord Smith proposes, it should be put to the people. Some kind of national conversation should be conducted.  These powers, after all, will be our powers.

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The country's leading community based networks have joined together as the SCA to campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland

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