Community Empowerment Bill

PUBLISHED: Sep 5, 2014
CATEGORY: Current Open Consultations Govt Consultation Responses (2013-14) 

This consultation seeks views on a range of proposals intended to give people in communities, and those supporting them in the public sector, a range of new ways to help deliver a better Scotland.

The proposed Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill aims to make the most of the talents that exist in our communities; deliver high quality and improving public services; and support strong local democracy and local decision-making.

The Bill will include:

  • a new way for communities to take on public sector land and buildings
  • opportunities for communities to be more involved in shaping and delivering better outcomes locally
  • greater transparency in the management and disposal of the Common Good
  • improved powers for local authorities to recover the costs of dealing with dangerous and defective buildings
  • measures to streamline and extend the rural community right to buy
  • new duties to strengthen Community Planning, so that public sector agencies work as one to deliver better outcomes for communities
  • updated and simplified legislation on allotments
  • new powers for local authorities to create local business rate relief schemes.

Response to Local Government and Regeneration Committee's Call for Written Evidence September 2014

Consultation Document

SSA Consultation Summary January 2014

SSA Final Response Chapter 3

SSA Final Response Chapter 4

SSA Final Response Chapter 5

SSA Final Response Chapter 6