Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill

A mini-blog, to acknowledge a new development in the world of Scots land law reform, namely today’s announcement of “New powers for Scotland’s communities” which announcement coincides with the launch of a new consultation on community empowerment.

To re-hash the Scottish Government’s materials, the following is foreshadowed for a new Bill:

• a new way for communities to take on public sector land and buildings

• opportunities for communities to be more involved in shaping and delivering better outcomes locally

• greater transparency in the management and disposal of the Common Good

• improved powers for local authorities to recover the costs of dealing with dangerous and defective buildings

• measures to streamline and extend the rural community right to buy

• new duties to strengthen Community Planning, so that public sector agencies work as one to deliver better outcomes for communities

• updated and simplified legislation on allotments

• new powers for local authorities to create local business rate relief schemes.

Also of interest is the consultation document’s points on the community right to buy (under Part 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003). From the terms of the consultation document (and the responses to an earlier exploratory consultation), this seems ripe for extension to urban areas. It is also apparent that the Scottish Government is minded to streamline and simplify the bureaucratic provisions of the right to buy, with this latter goal being difficult to object to irrespective of your perspective on the Scottish land question.

The consultation is open until 24 January 2014.

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Bachelor of Laws. Scots lawyer working at the University of Aberdeen. English law qualified. Took far too long to write this bio. Blogs on legal issues, with occasional veering into other purportedly intellectual stuff from time to time. Tweets about legal issues, education, law clinics, fitba, music, rogue cell division and not at all about politics at @MalcolmCombe.
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One Response to Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill

  1. Haven’t we been down this road already (at the very lest, once already)? Alex Neil’s ‘new’ regeneration strategy was meant to cover very many of the self-same topics? What ever became of that? Long and hard, repeated, experience on community ’empowerment’ in Scotland should convince any rational person that it will not be delivered in anything remotely like the institutional set-up in Scotland (that set-up includes a degree of culpability on the part of some of the significant players in the third sector.

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