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Consultation on the proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill - Analysis of Responses

Consultation on the proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill - Analysis of Responses

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

ISBN: 9781782562726

An independent analysis of all 447 responses to the Scottish Government’s recent exploratory consultation on ideas for the proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill.

Executive Summary

From 06 June to 26 September 2012 the Scottish Government consulted on a range of ideas for a proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill, designed to strengthen community participation and support independent action from communities across Scotland.

The consultation was structured around three areas:

• Strengthening Participation - sought views on potential measures to ensure a greater emphasis is placed on improving community participation and promoting best practice in the design and delivery of services that meet the needs and aspirations of local communities.

• Unlocking Enterprising Community Development – sought views on potential new powers that could be introduced to enable communities to have access to assets which could be a catalyst for unlocking community empowerment, enterprise, and increasing social capital.

• Renewing our Communities – sought views on legislation that could be introduced to bring vacant or underused property back into use.

The Scottish Government received a total of 447 responses to the consultation from organisations and individuals. Of these, 137 respondents used the easy read consultation summary questionnaire.

Responses came from a wide range of national and local organisations and from individuals.