Community Development Alliance Scotland

SCDC Community Empowerment Act responses

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The main points in SCDC’s responses to the recent Scottish Government consultations on the guidance and regulations for the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act are as follows:

Community Planning

  • Community Planning Partnerships should be required to develop and publish a Community Participation Plan to accompany the new Local Outcomes Improvement Plan
  • Although we welcome the emphasis on tackling inequalities, at times the draft guidance for community planning should be more explicit about this.
  • there is a need to consider other parts of the Act in the guidance for community planning

Participation Requests

  • We recommend that forms, processes and guidance for participation requests should be straightforward, accessible and consistent.
  • We emphasise the need to regulate for pro-active promotion of participation requests, including staff training and public awareness raising using a range of formats.
  • Community organisations should also be supported to make participation requests and to take part in outcome improvement processes.

Asset Transfer

  • All support and material regarding asset transfer, such as registers of available assets, is accessible, clear and widely available.
  • A standard form, similar to a home report, should be developed for submitting requests for information about available assets.
  • We broadly agree with the draft regulations that community bodies should show they have support from the wider community and how they will fund their proposal in future.

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