Consultation on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill

A new law that aims to make it easier for communities to take over public sector land and buildings, reform the community right to buy and give communities greater say in the provision of services has been proposed.

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill is designed to strengthen and nurture community participation and encourage enterprising community development. Communities will be able to identify and ask for any public sector land or buildings that they feel they could make better use of than its current owner. The decision whether to transfer that asset will be based on which proposed use would provide the greatest benefit to the community.

Consultation on these proposals states that there will be new duties to strengthen community planning, so that public sector agencies work as one to deliver better outcomes for communities

Views are also invited on how communities might benefit from legislation to improve the national and local focus on improving outcomes, currently implemented through Scotland Performs.

The Bill also proposes:

  • Streamlining and extending the existing community right to buy to cover urban and rural communities as part of an ambition to have 1 million acres in community ownership by 2020.
  • Providing new powers to help councils deal with defective and dangerous buildings, and to provide local relief schemes on business rates.
  • Increasing transparency about the management and use of Common Good assets.

Date: 06/11/ 2013

Author: The Scottish Government

Start of consultation: 06/11/2013

End of consultation: 24/01/2014

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