Policy low-down

How can government policy help at a local level?

That's a good question. Happily, a lot of recent policy developments in Scotland are very much about helping community groups do things locally.

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This section of Communities Channel Scotland aims to provide straightforward introductions to legislation, government programmes and programmes by other agencies which might be relevant to your community group.  You will also be able to click on links to find out more detailed information.

The links below will take you straight to the policy area you are most interested in, or you can use the navigation bar on the left hand side of the page.

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act

(Tries to make it easier for communities to have more say over services, local decisions and land and buildings)


Participatory budgeting

(A way for local people to have a direct say in how money is spent to improve their area)


Fairer Scotland

(This Scottish Government work aims to address poverty and inequality)


Local Democracy

(Other developments which might help community organisations and local people have greater influence over  planning, decisions and services)


If there are aspects of policy in relation to communities that you would like to learn more about, including any areas of policy you can't find here, please let us know and we'll try to help.


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