The regulations for the Participation Request part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act have been laid before parliament, giving the legislation the green light for implementation on 1st April 2017.
Regulations and guidance are needed to fill in the detail of how the participation request mechanism as set out in Part 3 of the 2015 Act will work in practice.
Participation requests provide a mechanism for communities to have a more proactive role in having their voices heard in how services are planned and delivered. By making a participation request, community groups can start a dialogue with a public service provider about issues that are important to them, which should help to improve outcomes.
Scottish Government have been developing the revised regulations and working with a stakeholder group to write the guidance for public service authorities and community participation bodies.