EAST Renfrewshire residents are being urged to have a say on how their voices are heard in the work of the Scottish Parliament.

Members of the Citizen Participation and Public Petitions Committee at Holyrood are seeking views as part of an inquiry into public participation.

They want to hear from individuals, local groups and other organisations on recommendations made by a Citizens’ Panel which focus on improving how Holyrood’s work reflects and meets the needs of the full range of communities it represents.

These recommendations include improving community engagement and public involvement in parliamentary business.

The committee will use feedback to help decide which recommendations should be prioritised and what action needs to be taken to deliver them.

Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw, who is committee convener, told the Barrhead News: “The work of the Citizens’ Panel on public participation has been invaluable to our inquiry, bringing fresh perspectives and bold ideas on how the Scottish Parliament can better engage with individuals, groups and communities from every part of Scotland.

“The recommendations are ambitious and far reaching, touching on every part of how the Scottish Parliament works and engages with the people of Scotland, and we want to hear which ideas should be prioritised and how they should be delivered.

“This call for views is an opportunity to tell MSPs and the parliament how it can best deliver on these recommendations and improve public participation and engagement.”

To take part in the consultation, visit www.parliament.scot/participation-parliament before the deadline of Friday, February 10.