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Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill moves to Stage 2

February 5, 2015

Community Empowerment Bill imageThe latest news on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill is that it has progressed into the amendment stage after its general principles were agreed at a Scottish Parliament debate and vote on Tuesday 3rd February.

During the Stage 1 debate on the Bill on 3 February, the Minister for Local Government and Community Planning, Marco Biagi MSP, outlined some of the amendments the Scottish Government is considering making to the Bill during Stage 2. A full written transcript of the Stage 1 debate on the Bill is available at the Parliament’s website at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28862.aspx?r=9761

All MSPs are now free to begin lodging amendments to the Bill. A list of amendments is published the day after any amendments are lodged by MSPs. This is called the Daily List. This list appears in Section G of the Parliament’s Business Bulletin each day (select the day in question and go to Section G of the relevant document): http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/business-bulletin.aspx
The Parliament has yet to set an end date for Stage 2 proceedings, however, under the Standing Orders of the Parliament it will now be early March before any amendments lodged can be debated and voted upon by the committee. Shortly before this process takes place, a combined list of all amendments lodged to the Bill is produced, called a Marshalled List. 

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill is a piece of legislation currently being considered by the Scottish Parliament, which aims to make it easier for communities to have their voices heard, to take ownership over local land and buildings, to shape local services and to have more influence over the decisions that affect their area.  Read more about the Bill on the Communities Channel here.

The Communities Channel will continue to post updates on the Bill as they appear.  If you want to understand more about the amending stage of a Bill in the Scottish Parliament, you can see the Scottish Parliament Guidance on Public Bills: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/25685.aspx.

You can also follow the Committee on Twitter for more information about our work: @SP_LocalGovt

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