The long awaited Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill has now begun its journey through the Scottish Parliament. You can view the proposals and follow its progress at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/77926.aspx
As well as proposing changes which should assist allotments, communities keen to acquire land or buildings and others keen to influence local services, the bill is also suggesting very interesting definitions of ‘community controlled bodies’ and ‘community participation bodies’.
“Community empowerment means different things for different communities. Some communities will want to take on the ownership or management of land or buildings, or delivery of services to members of their community. Others may be more interested in engaging with the public sector to have more say in how services are delivered or how assets are used”.
From Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill Policy Memorandum