The Scottish Government has outlined its programme for government 2016/17. References to community empowerment are largely about implementing the recent Act. Important Bills will include:
- Child Poverty Bill – The bill will replace the recently repealed sections of the UK Child Poverty Act 2010 concerning targets and strategies in relation to child poverty.
- Social Security Bill – The bill will take forward the government’s priorities for the social security powers that are to be devolved, ahead of the establishment of a new Social Security Agency.
Also promised are the publication of “a Fairer Scotland Action Plan bringing together the actions we will take across Government to tackle poverty and inequalities” and a consultation on possible electoral reform for Scottish Parliamentary elections and local government elections
The Scottish Government has also put its proposals to retain Council Tax to parliament. The Local Government and Communities Committee has launched a consultation on the proposals.