Create opportunities for people to use and share their lived experience to engage on issues that they care about. When identifying witnesses, ensure an even balance between academic and professional experts, and people with lived experience.
Get more input from local communities built into NPF4, at the moment planning is a joke.
Lived experience is important. Sometimes those speaking on behalf of people who have lived experience are persuing their own agenda?
Lived experience from a broad number of people allows a consensus to be achieved, and a collective consensus to be arrived at for the benefit of the majority. Citizen’s panels on each specific topic?
listen to the individuals and communities who have suffered loss of residential amenity and property value due to wind farm development. No-one and that includes academics or professional experts have as clue what it is like to live beside a wind farm, yet they are the ones who always influence decision making. Give Councils and Communities the power to decide if a wind farm application should be consented, as they do in England. Scottish Ministers should never be involved.
This is important, but not just people with negative experiences. But people with positive experiences.
Ensuring a wide diversity of information that includes lived experience is vital to the success of deliberative events. Those giving evidence should not just be "the usual suspects" and including non-academic views will surely help increase understanding.
Lived experience is really important, and the Scottish Parliament should build on existing work to increase opportunities for people with lived experience to engage. But the Parliament also needs to hear from professional experts, intermediary and campaign groups, and commercial interests. There is no magic formula for good scrutiny - it depends on the issue.
I don't think this is about even balance in terms of numbers, instead its about making sure there is always space given for people with lived experience to share that. Where people with relevant lived experience might face trauma from sharing their experience, or be very time poor (e.g. young carers), working with charities and representative groups is important to make sure they are supported, and/or can pass their views through trusted representatives
Listening to people with Lived Experience is essential but not sufficient in itself. People with lived experience are experts in their own lives and know what works, and does not work, for them. However, collective views are also important as these take into account individuals' experiences but arrive at collective solutions that assist most, if not always all, of those affected by current inequalitiess.
Utilise community development expertise to ensure those with lived experience are ably and fully supported to engage with various stakeholders in a safe, supportive and confidential dialogue.
Everyone should be able to have a say on issues that matter in Scotland - not just if you have direct lived experience. Everyone needs a voice.
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