Today, SCDC launches a new website for community groups, Communities Channel Scotland on the same day as the publication of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill.
The Scottish Government has funded the development of the website, which puts communities in the spotlight by connecting people and sharing ideas. The Communities Channel will share the stories and experience of community groups and organisations in their efforts to improve their communities, and highlight resources that can help groups in their work.
The website will provide regular news stories on any developments affecting community groups, whether at a national or local level.
To make the Communities Channel as relevant and up-to-date as possible, SCDC would like you to send us your news and stories. If you would like your community group to feature on Communities Channel Scotland, have any news, or know of any resources and other content that others would find useful, please contact Andrew Paterson - 0141 222 4837
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill
Published today, the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill is designed to strengthen and nurture community participation and encourage enterprising community development.
The Bill will include provision for communities to take over public sector land and buildings where they can show they can deliver greater public benefit with those assets. It will also streamline and extend the existing community right to buy, and embed Scotland's performance framework in legislation, ensuring the Scottish Government remains focussed on improving outcomes for communities.
Acknowledging that community empowerment can only be achieved with proper support, Local Government Minister Derek Mackay, in announcing the Bill, confirmed an increase in funding from the People and Communities Fund by £1.5 million to £9.4 million per year in 2015-16.
- Click here to read the full Scottish Government news release on the Bill