Scotland - Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill
The Scottish Government, with perhaps more than half an eye on what has already happened in England, are currently consulting on a new Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill. This Bill has three parts: (1) increasing the role that communities have in local decision-making, including how local services are run and where money is spent; (2) helping communities to own public buildings and land in their local areas; and (3) helping communities make best use of private buildings and land that are vacant and unused. Part (3) could include local communities being given a right to ask the local authority to sell land or buildings to them where the owner either doesn’t want to sell, or cannot be found.
Paul Houghton | Director