SCDC survey and briefing on Community Empowerment Bill

The Scottish Government launched its consultation on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill on 6th November 2013. The policy aims and support for local self-determination and community empowerment contained in this draft Bill are a welcome step toward realising an active, inclusive and just Scotland.

SCDC would like to know the views from communities and those who support them on what they think of the Bill's proposals. For example, what new opportunities will the legislation offer and how might the proposals be strengthened to support genuinely empowering processes which advance equality of opportunity?

We have therefore created a short online survey asking for your views on the Bill's proposals which are most relevant to community development in Scotland. These are not intended to replace the draft Bill's own consultation questions which SCDC encourages you to respond to. The SCDC survey will simply allow us to get a better feel for how relevant the Bill's proposals are to the practitioners and communities we work with, something that will better inform our own response.

Our online survey can be accessed here and should only take a few minutes to complete.

In addition, SCDC has written a briefing summarising crucial aspects of the Bill and asking important questions about the proposed legislation. The briefing may help you to think about some of the issues around the Bill before responding to our survey and, indeed, the draft Bill consultation itself. You can read the briefing here.  Our shorter, more accessible, briefing for communities is also available (click here to read)

The consultation paper is available on the Scottish Government website at If you would like a printed copy, you can contact, or telephone 0131 244 0382. The closing date for responses is 24 January 2014.