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Scottish Local Elections

Make your voice heard

On 4 May 2017, Scotland will be going to the polls to choose the people who will represent us at our local councils. More than any other in living memory, this election will impact the health and wellbeing of our communties.

Elected councillors who are nominated to Integrated Joint Boards will be given the power to influence our health and social care system and make vital decisions that will affect us all. 

What we are doing

Diabetes Scotland is reaching out to local election candidates across Scotland to raise awareness about diabetes. We are sharing our leaflet,Diabetes In Scotland (PDF, 80KB), which provides a summary of how diabetes affects people, communities, our health service and economy with all candidates. We invite anyone standing for election to get in touch if they would like to know more about how diabetes impacts their community.  

Councillors elected in May must prioritise the care and support of people living with all types of diabetes. We must also look to introduce new, more effective ways to help prevent the rise of Type 2 diabetes.  

What you can do

  • Get in touch with your local council candidates by letter, social media or at an event to ask how they will represent the diabetes community if elected.
  • If you're attending a hustings event, ask candidates if they know that over 285,000 people are living with diabetes in Scotland. Follow up with a question to find out how they will ensure that local diabetes care is person-centred and delivered to a high standard.
  • Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook #Stand4Diabetes
  • Follow@DiabetesScot andFacebookfor updates.
  • If you receive a response from a local candidate, please let us know!  EmailGavin.Thomson@diabetes.org.ukor call Gavin on 0141 245 6380.
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