CSPP October Events Series Announced

This month the CSPP is putting the focus on key policy areas where positive change can benefit all who live in Scotland. Through our events, evidence-based interventions in media, and political engagement, we are ensuring the importance of “people and place” remains at the top of the agenda. If you wish to connect to our network and contribute to positive change in Scotland’s policy discourse and practice, join us now or contact us to find out how you can get involved.


CSPP Discussion Forum: How Can Towns Contribute More Effectively Towards the Development of a Fairer Scotland?

Monday, 19th October 2015, 10 am – 12 noon, Falkirk Business Hub 

We invite our members to contribute to our discussion forum in support of a major piece of work to establish how towns can contribute more effectively towards the development of a fairer Scotland. The session will be held with Scotland’s Towns Partnership and is supported by the Voluntary Action Fund

Led by CSPP Chair, Professor Richard Kerley, the forum’s purpose is to gather insight and expertise in the identification of key factors and considerations for the alignment of town development with social justice goals.   The forum will encourage a candid and inclusive discussion on the role of Scotland's towns in this agenda, seeking to address key areas of related legislation including living wage, community empowerment and land reform. 

Booking and attendance: This event is free to attend. However, as places are strictly limited, please reserve your place by contacting Elaine Bone, [email protected], Tel/Text 07801 354591.


Scotland’s policy think tank, The Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP), founder of the ‘go to’ body for towns, Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), has been appointed by STP to host ‘the National Think Tank on Towns’.   Its focus is to primarily explore how towns should ensure they deliver on social justice and a fairer, more inclusive society.

Next steps

Feedback from the forum will be reported to the Voluntary Action Fund. Feedback will also make a key contribution to the extensive research being undertaken for the project. Early thoughts will premiere at a future-towns session at STP’s national conference for Scotland’s towns on 18th November in Falkirk.  


CSPP at the SNP Conference

As part of our cross-party political engagement activities, the CSPP will be at the SNP’s 2015 National Conference, which is being held in Aberdeen from 15th to 17th October.

Fringe Meeting with the BBC

On Friday 16th October we will be hosting a discussion with the BBC on the role of the public broadcaster in Scotland – all conference delegates are welcome to attend.

Dialogue Sessions

During the conference we will be holding ministerial dialogue sessions to discuss several key themes on the CSPP’s policy agenda, including healthcare and Scotland’s digital future.

As a cross-party think tank, we're also engaged with the other parties on a variety of issues like public services, town planning and community empowerment. Our dialogue sessions are invite only - please contact [email protected] for more information.


Scotland Towns Roadshow

Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s Roadshow series has been running across Scotland in Summer/Autumn 2015. The next (and final) stops will be the East Scotland Towns Roadshow on 20 October, and the West Scotland Towns Roadshow on 27 October. The meetings aim to enable Scottish Government and a key range of delivery and support partners to update local authority, private and third sector groupings, through a focused session, to raise awareness of progress with the Town Centre Action Plan and the wide range of organisations assisting with project implementation and support.  It builds on the towns national media campaign, launch of towns web portal, town toolkit, place standard and aims to help local practitioners understand the full menu of supports available; ultimately engendering new relationships and activity and better levels of engagement.

For more information and attendance, please see the STP events page

Centre for Scottish Public Policy
c/o Digby Brown LLP
160 Causewayside
Causewayside House
Edinburgh EH9 1PR
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