The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 is a law that aims to help empower community bodies through the ownership of land and buildings and by strengthening their voices in the decisions that matter to them.
There are 11 parts to the Act:
Part 1: National Outcomes – Scottish Ministers set goals for Scotland.
Part 2: Community Planning – As a Community Planning Partnership, local public sector bodies are expected to work together and with local communities to improve services.
Part 3: Participation Requests – Community groups have been given the power to ask to be involved with local public sector bodies to improve services.
Part 4: Community Right to Buy Land – The Act will extend community right to buy to urban communities and now covers the whole country.
Part 5: Asset Transfer Requests – Sets out how a community group can ask to buy, lease, manage or occupy land or buildings owned by public sector bodies.
Part 6: Delegation of Forestry Commissioners’ Functions – The Act allows for different types of community groups to be involved in forestry leasing.
Part 7: Football Clubs – Gives Scottish Ministers power to make rules about the role supporters play with the clubs they support.
Part 8: Common Good Property – The Council is required to publish a list of common good property and to make sure that community councils and other community groups are consulted on any proposed changes.
Part 9: Allotments – Makes the law about allotments easier to understand and sets out how waiting lists should be managed.
Part 10: Participation in Public Decision Making – Gives Scottish Ministers the power to request that public authorities publicise and support the involvement of the community in the decisions and activities of the authority, including the allocation of resources.
Part 11: Non-Domestic Rates – The Act allows the Council to set local business rates.