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 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- Although we welcome the emphasis on tackling inequalities, at times the draft guidance for community planning should be more explicit about this.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
- 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.
- 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.