The Community Empowerment Action Plan, jointly developed by the Scottish Government, COSLA and colleagues in the third sector, encourages people in both rural and urban areas to participate in the running of their neighbourhoods. The action plan provides clarity on what community empowerment is, why it is important and how communities can get involved.Community Empowerment Action Plan (Scottish Government and COSLA)
Full guidance for community bodies, land owners and third parties.
Published by The Scottish Government, March 2016.
Links below to the SG CRtB website with information on how to make an application, templates etcCrtb guidance.pdf
An information sheet listing the different funding available for energy efficiency improvements to community buildings.
This guidance is intended to support communities through the right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land process. The guidance covers most aspects from the initial identification of land to the completion of a purchase. It provides a step-by-step guide, setting out the considerations that need to be taken into account, the legal requirements that must be met and the various decision-making stages. Although the majority of the information is relevant to community groups, there is also useful information for landowners and other parties who may have a reason to be involved in the process.Community Right to Buy Abandoned, Neglected or Detrimental Land - Full Guidance.pdf
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.Asset Transfer RA Guidance Notes.pdf
REAP's community energy guide "Energising Community Halls" can help your community building save money and look at what renewables might be suitable for your site. This guide is the result of a year-long CCF funded project by REAP based in Keith, Moray.Energising Community Halls
The final report on DTA Scotland's Promoting Asset Transfer programmePromoting Asset Transfer - Final Report
A review of Council policy and practice in relation to asset transfer across ScotlandPublic Asset Transfer: Empowering Communities (DTA Scotland)
This study evaluates the extent to which councils manage their assets to ensure effective service provision and achieve value for money, and makes recommendations for improvement.Asset management in local government: Audit Scotland
In contrast to previous work concentrating on specific aspects of public service reform, this Commission was asked to look across the whole field of public service delivery, and examine the challenges, obstacles and opportunities that lie before us. On this basis, the commission were asked to map out a way forward for the reform of public services. This included recommentations that recognise "effective services must be designed with and for people and communities – not delivered ‘top down’ for administrative convenience."Chrsitie Commission.pdf
This report contains the findings from research commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the experience of community organisations controlling assets in the UK.Communities controlling assets: a better understanding (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
The purpose of this guidance is to provide local authorities in Scotland with information that will assist when considering the disposal of landDisposal of Land by Local Authorities (Scotland) Regulations: General Guidance