Welcome to Argyll and Bute Council’s information pages in regard to the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. These pages provide an overview of the various elements of the Act and contain links to where you can find further information/support in regard to each of these, including links to the information pages of some of our Community Planning Partners.
The Community Empowerment Bill received Royal Assent and became an Act on 24 July 2015. A copy of the Act can be viewed at Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act.
What does the Act do?
The Act provides a legal framework that will promote and encourage community empowerment and participation. It creates new rights for community bodies and places new duties on public authorities. It 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.
Community and Third Sector organisations attended the Argyll and Bute Community Empowerment Event held in the Three Villages Hall, Arrochar on 11th March 2017. More information on the event and copies of the presentations can be found in our Community Development section
There are 11 topics covered by the Act. The information below gives a brief summary of each and, where relevant, provides links to further information/support.
Find out more about National outcomes
Find out more about Community Planning
Find out more about Participation requests
- Extends the community right to buy to all of Scotland, urban and rural, and improving procedures
- Introduces a range of measures to amend, and in some areas, simplify, the crofting community right to buy
- Introduces a new provision for community bodies to purchase land which is abandoned, neglected or causing harm to the environmental wellbeing of the community, where the owner is not willing to sell that land. This is if the purchase is in the public interest and compatible with the achievement of sustainable development of the land
Find out more about community rights to buy land
Find out more about asset transfers
Find out more about football clubs
Find out more common good propertyPart 8 of the Community Empowerment( Scotland) Act 2015 Act seeks to increase transparency about the existence of common good assets, and to ensure that there is community involvement in decisions taken about their identification, use and disposal. The local authority has a duty to establish and maintain a register of property which is held by them as part of the common good, and in taking this forward they must publish a list of the property proposed for inclusion on the list, and consult on that. We must notify any community council established for the area, and any community body of which we are aware of this consultation, and must have regard to any representations made by those bodies in the consultation process before the register is established.
The Council has identified the list of property and funds which it believes to be held for the common good across Argyll and Bute - view the list of common good properties and funds here. Community groups were invited to consider that list and make such representations as they may wish in regards whether the detail included is part of the common good, or to identify other property which, in the opinion of their organisation, is part of the common good.
The consultation period ended on 29th March 2019, and you can view the responses to the consultation here on the website:
Find out more about allotments legislation
We are keen wherever possible to help communities add to the number of allotment sites in Argyll and Bute. We have produced a Community Food Growing Strategy, and guidance, and you can register an interest in having an allotment here on our website:
Community growing spaces - find out more and register your interest here >
Find out more participation in decision making
Find out more about non-domestic rates
- Scottish Government - Easy Read Summary of the Community Empowerment Act
- Police Scotland - Community Empowerment Act
- Scottish Enterprise - Asset Transfer Register
- Scottish Natural Heritage - Community Empowerment Act
- Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) - Asset Transfers
- Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park - Community Empowerment