Have your say on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill

Scottish Land FundThe Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee is seeking the views of Scottish communities as part of its scrutiny of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill aims to empower communities to participate in local decision making, or to buy, lease, manage, occupy or use public sector land or buildings. It will also include a reform of the law on allotments, as well as putting community planning partnerships on a statutory basis and placing new duties on partner bodies.

Because of the Big Lottery Fund’s experience of running the Growing Community Assets and the Scottish Land Fund grant programmes, we have been closely following the development of the Bill and have provided a significant amount of evidence to both the Government and the Committee.

Now you have the chance to have your say.

The Committee’s community engagement events are taking place in Dumfries on 27 October and in Fort William on 24 November, and we would strongly encourage Scottish Land Fund and Growing Community Assets funded projects in those two areas, and indeed anyone with an interest in the community ownership of assets, to go along to give the Committee their views.

Further information about the events can be found on the Scottish Parliament website.


  1. Growing Community Assets, is a mine field to most charities seeking funding from the BIG Lottery. Because a form of words is not in the constitution, this restricts charities from moving forward with land and building purchase. The intent of the charitable constitution may be in the right direction and accepted as such, but the form of words is missing. Surely the intent of the charity should be considered without getting into a form of legal wording that most ordinary people trying to run charities don’t understand. This grant needs to be approached by the Scottish Government and BIG Lottery with more concern from individuals who are trying to upgrade an area and provide facilities, much needed in their areas.

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