The Community Empowerment Act helps to empower community bodies through the ownership of land and buildings, and by strengthening their voices in the decisions that matter to them.
It improves outcomes for communities by improving the process of community planning, ensuring that local service providers work together even more closely with communities to meet the needs of the people who use them.
The requirement for Community Planning Partnerships to develop Local Outcome Improvement Plans (LOIP) is contained within Part 2 of the Act. In addition to the LOIP, the partnership must also identify smaller areas within the local authority area which experience the poorest outcomes and prepare and publish locality plans to improve outcomes on agreed priorities for these communities. Active community participation is again a core element of the locality planning process.