Requirements for Community Learning and Development (Scotland) Regulations, 2013 – consultation on draft regulations

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Year: 2013

The Trust welcomed the Scottish Government’s proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill in 2012 and we are pleased to welcome this SSI, which seeks to strengthen the legislative requirements for community learning and development.

The Trust believes that empowered communities and individuals, may hold the key to tackling some of the persistent inequalities in Scotland. We are currently exploring these ideas in our Enabling State project led by Carnegie Fellow Sir John Elvidge.

High quality and appropriate community learning and development (CLD) is key to tackling inequalities both within and between communities. CLD can help create a level playing field where all communities have access to the intangible assets of skills, knowledge and connections that will allow them to benefit from the provisions in the proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill.

We suggest however that in the spirit of community empowerment there is the opportunity for the SSI to go further and take a more radical bottom up approach to community learning and development.