Community Empowerment

The Community Empowerment Bill received Royal Assent and became an Act on 24 July 2015. There are different parts to the Act, which will all come in to force at different times.

The Act will help to empower community groups through the ownership of land and buildings and by strengthening their voices in the decisions that matter to them. This summary gives information about the different parts of the Act.

What is the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015?

The Act is a new piece of legislation that gives communities additional rights.  These are through:

  • having more say in how public services are planned and provided

  • owning or leasing land, assets and estate (through asset transfer and community right to buy)

  • becoming involved in improving the outcomes of services (e.g. participation requests)

What does this mean for me and my community?

It means that your community will have more say on public services and how they are planned. The Act also enables communities to be more involved in improving public services and gives communities rights to owning land.

There are 11 parts to the Act:

Part 1: National Outcomes-

Part 2: Community Planning

Part 3: Participation Requests

Part 4: Community Rights to Buy Land

Part 5: Asset Transfer Requests

Part 6: Delegation of Forestry Commissioners' Functions 

Part 7: Football Clubs

Part 8: Common Good Property 

Part 9: Allotments

Part 10: Participation in Public Decision Making

Part 11: Non-Domestic Rates

Where can I find out more information about the Community Empowerment Act?

If you have any queries that aren't dealt with here, please email the Community Planning team at community.planning@westlothian.gov.uk or call us on 01506 281086. 

Icon for pdf Frequently Asked Questions [315.66KB] have been developed to give more detailed information about the Act.

AnIcon for pdf Easy Read summary [401.36KB] of the Act has also been developed.

The full Act is available at: www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2015/6/contents

The explanatory notes can be downloaded from:  www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2015/6/notes/contents