April 07, 2016 at 2:00pm - 4pm

Planning Ahead - 2016 Manifesto

Join us for an interactive SURF network debate on our 2016 regeneration manifesto with political party representatives.

  • Debate the future of regeneration in Scotland
  • Free to attend
  • Priority booking for SURF members – non-members also welcome

Date and Venue

  • Thursday 7 April 2016
  • 2pm to 4pm (networking lunch available from 1pm)
  • CoSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh


In late 2014, SURF started developing a regeneration policy manifesto with the goal of setting out a series of ‘bold and practical’ recommendations for the next Scottish Government.

Following extensive consultations over an 18 month period, the manifesto was launched in January of this year. It was widely shared with the SURF network, the media, and the main political parties competing the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.

The manifesto proposals will be the basis for a ‘Scottish Regeneration Question Time’ hustings-style debate in the month leading up to the election. (SURF organised a similar debate in 2011 – a report from that event is available here.)

This free Scottish Regeneration Question Time event will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 7 April in the CoSLA Conference Centre in Haymarket, Edinburgh. Party representatives have been invited to respond to SURF’s manifesto and highlight their key regeneration policies, and to answer questions from the SURF network audience.


The confirmed party representatives so far are (a-z by party):

Iain McGill, Conservative – Scottish Policy Board Member and candidate for the Lothian region and the Edinburgh Northern and Leith constituency

Andy Wightman, Green Party – Party Spokesperson for Communities, Local Government & Land Reform and candidate for Lothian region

Johanna Boyd, Labour – Leader of Stirling Council and candidate for the Mid Scotland and Fife region

Willie Black, RISE – Party Spokesperson for Regeneration

The SNP and Lib Dems have also accepted SURF’s invitation and will be confirming their respective representatives soon. This page will be updated as further participants are added to the Scottish Regeneration Question Time programme.


  • 13.00 Registration and networking over a buffet lunch
  • 14.00 Welcome, context and introduction from SURF
  • 14.10 Opening five minute remarks by main party representatives in response to SURF’s 2016 manifesto for community regeneration
  • 14.40 Comments, questions and debate, chaired by SURF Chief Executive Andy Milne
  • 15.40 Closing remarks by party representatives and SURF
  • 16.00 End of formal event followed by coffee and networking

Book Your Free Place

Confirm your free place at Scottish Regeneration Question Time by completing the booking form below or contact SURF Information and Communications Officer Emma Scott on 0141 440 6392 or [email protected].

April 07, 2016 at 2:00pm - 4pm
CoSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland
United Kingdom
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