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 the delegation of Forestry Commissioner' functions
Find out more about football clubs
Find out more common good property
Find out more allotments
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