Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015
Communities across Scotland can now make use of this Act which aims to empower communities by strengthening their voices in decisions about public services and making it easier for them to own and manage land and buildings.
The Act was given royal assent in summer 2015 after three years of consultation and development. Over the following year, regulations (additional legislation required to put the Act in place) and statutory guidance (guidance which public authorities must have regard to) was developed.
The different parts of the Act (11 in all) have been coming into force ever since and most of the legislation is now ready to make use of.
We are currently working with the Scottish Government to raise awareness of participation requests as well as the Act more generally. Alongside this, we are conducting a learning and support programme in selected sites across Scotland. This will help to find out how participation requests are being used as well as what further measures may be needed to ensure they empower disadvantaged communities.