Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act is a piece of legislation passed 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.
The Bill started life in June 2012 with an exploratory consultation and has since been honed down through further consultation to focus on a number of key areas, potentially including asset use and transfer, improving public services and inceased rights to take part in local planning.
- New section on the Scottish Government website providing more detail on asset transfer requests.
- SCDC Briefing on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, September 2015
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Bill - provided by the Scottish Government
- News update on the Bill's passing by MSPs on 17th June 2015, which contains a useful summary of the Bill's main aspects.
View the progress of the Bill through the Scottish Parliament here.
- Towards Empowerment, SCDC's briefing on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill and call for evidence (July 2014)
The Scottish Government news release on the announcement of the Bill in June 2014.
Scottish Government webpage covering the earlier stages of the Bill.
Consultation on the draft Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill, November 2013 - consultation finished in February 2014.
SCDC's briefing, New rights for Scotland’s communities on the consultation on the draft Bill.
SCDC response to the Scottish Government's consultation on the draft Communty Empowerment (Scotland) Bill.
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