The Scottish Government has published a consultation on the Asset Transfer section of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act. The closing date for responses is 20 June 2016.
The Asset Transfer section of the Act enables community bodies to apply to buy, lease, manage or simply use land and buildings owned by public authorities. The request must be granted unless the public authority has “reasonable grounds” not to.
The online consultation is open to any individual or organisation in Scotland. It seeks your views on:
- Details on the registers of land which relevant authorities must publish, including what types of land will be exempt.
- Information that should be available to community organisations as part of the process.
- The requirements placed upon community organisations who wish to make an Asset Transfer request.
- The time line of the Asset Transfer request process, and the details of any review which may take place.
This consultation paper also explains the requirements of the Act and provides pointers to best practice. Relevant authorities are encouraged to use this information to develop their procedures, or update existing asset transfer schemes. It is expected that final regulations will be laid before the Scottish Parliament in September 2016.
The Scottish Government has also established a group on ‘Knowledge Hub’ for people to discuss implementation of asset transfer and share their experience and ideas.