Thu 13 Aug, 2020

The assembly needs to be more than just another Scottish Government consultation. As we plan a recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, its voice will provide a vital counterweight to the corporate interests calling for a swift return to a business-as-usual that served no one but themselves. Lorna Slater

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the news that the Citizens Assembly is to resume its activity.

The Assembly was suspended during the coronavirus crisis but Constitution Secretary Michael Russell has confirmed it will resume in an online format from today. 

Commenting, Scottish Green co-leader Lorna Slater said: “I’m pleased the Citizens Assembly is to resume its work, and it is absolutely crucial that its voice is heard in the coming months.

“I have enjoyed meeting with and listening to the members of the assembly. It is a great opportunity to hear from working class women and other groups who normally don't get a say in politics. That’s why the assembly needs to be more than just another Scottish Government consultation. As we plan a recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, its voice will provide a vital counterweight to the corporate interests calling for a swift return to a business-as-usual that served no one but themselves.

“We’ve already seen the Scottish Government’s top adviser on the recovery dismiss anything other than a return to the free-market approach which has driven inequality and damaged our communities and the planet. The recovery needs to be led by the people it should benefit, not those stuck in the failed old ways of the past.”

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