Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act – consultation on Part 3 ‘Participation Requests’

SCDC is inviting anyone from community groups and networks, and people working with communities, to give us their views on participation requests.

On 21st March, Scottish Government is launching its formal consultation on the regulations to accompany Part 3 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, Participation Requests. SCDC will be supporting the formal consultation by running a parallel consultation process on the detail of the regulations and on the content of the statutory guidance. We will be running a series of focus groups followed by an online survey (later in spring) to gather your views.

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act was given Royal Assent on 24th July 2015. It has 3 main areas of focus: strengthening community planning to give communities more say in how public services are to be planned and provided; the extension of the community right to buy, or otherwise have greater control over assets; and new rights enabling communities to identify needs and issues and request action to be taken on these - these are called participation requests.

The legislation on participation requests provides a process for communities to request to work alongside public sector bodies to improve outcomes, and sets out duties on how public service authorities deal with such requests. Participation requests provide an opportunity for communities to set the agenda around how to tackle the needs or issues they have identified, and to become involved in helping to achieve the changes or improvements they are looking for. SCDC has produced a briefing which explains this process in more detail.

We want to hear about ways in which they could be used, what the process of raising a participation request should be, what support and information might be needed to use the legislation, and how they should be promoted. Your feedback will help inform the regulations and statutory guidance which will accompany the Act.

To note interest please enter your details and preferences for involvement here.

Or, contact Andrew Paterson at SCDC by email:

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