Community Empowerment Act

Overview of the Act

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. 

It also provides new rights for communities, allowing them to take over delivery of services in some circumstances and to request the transfer of land and buildings owned by public bodies, where it can be demonstrated to be in the best interest of the community.  The Act applies to both communities of place and communities of interest.

The Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 17 June 2015 and received Royal Assent, becoming an Act, on 24 July 2015 and becoming law in January 2017. There are 11 topics covered by the Act.  The summary document gives a brief description of each topic and how they are being implemented by the Scottish Government.  Each part of the Act will come into effect at different times, depending on how much preparation is needed.

 

 

Related Resources

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

The detail of the Act in full.  This should be used to relate the Asset Transfer Guidance Notes from the Scottish Government to the specific sections referred to within the Act.
 
PDF icon CEA in full.pdf

Asset Transfer Guidance for Community Transfer Bodies

This guidance has been developed for both relevant authorities and community bodies.  Relevant authorities are required to have regard to guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers in carrying out their functions in relation to asset transfer.

There is more guidance for community transfer bodies on completing the request form, and more for relevant authorities on the acknowledgement and notices they have to issue following receipt of a request.

PDF icon Asset Transfer CTB Guidance Notes.pdf

Asset Transfer Guidance for Relevant Authorities

This guidance has been developed for relevant authorities.  Relevant authorities are required to have regard to guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers in carrying out their functions in relation to asset transfer.

PDF icon Asset Transfer RA Guidance Notes.pdf