1. The asset transfer provisions of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 came into force 23 January 2017. From this date a properly constituted community group has the right to apply to a public body to request a transfer of any land or buildings that it owns.
All the guidance, model forms and other useful stuff is available on the Scottish Government website. This includes a new summary guide in simple language. The website will continue to be developed over coming weeks, in particular with model governing documents for community transfer bodies.
2. The Scottish Government has published a series of documents related to the community planning part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act.
The finalised Guidance adds more detail to the statutory provisions. Part 1 of this guidance sets out a strategic overview of what effective community planning should achieve. It explains the purpose of community planning and what difference effective community planning can and should make to improving outcomes and reducing inequality. Part 2 provides additional supporting detail about what the principles of effective community planning include. It also contains specific guidance to assist CPPs develop both their Local Outcome Improvement Plan and locality plan(s). CPPs will be expected to publish these plans by 1 October 2017.
Along with this the government has published a locality planning regulation, which describes the localities into which CPPs must divide local authority areas for the purpose of carrying out locality planning.