SPICe Briefing: Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre has published a briefing summarising and analysing the key provisions in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill.

The briefing on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill examines each part of the bill, also looking at the financial implications and sustainable development issues. 

The bill was introduced to Parliament on 11 June 2014. It seeks to reform areas such as community planning, community right to buy land, involvement of communities in public service delivery and communities taking on public assets. It follows of a number of consultations and other preparatory work, and is set within the Scottish Government's wider programme of public service reform.

According to the Government, the Bill "reflects the policy principles of subsidiarity, community empowerment and improving outcomes and provides a framework which will empower community bodies through the ownership of land and buildings and strengthening their voices in the decisions that matter to them; and support an increase in the pace and scale of public service reform by cementing the focus on achieving outcomes and improving the process of community planning."

Part 1 aims to provide a statutory basis for the use of "National Outcomes".
Part 2 contains a number of reforms to the system of community planning.
Part 3 provides for a process to allow community bodies to become involved in delivery of public services.
Part 4 makes a range of changes to the community right to buy land.
Part 5 provides for a process to allow community bodies to take on assets from the public sector.
Part 6 makes a number of reforms to the system of common good.
Part 7 is concerned with allotments.
Part 8 allows local authorities to set their own reliefs for business rates.

Date: 22/9/2014 Date of publication

Author: Scottish Parliament Information Centre

DCP link: This item updates DCP section 4.201

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