Scottish Government Consultation – Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill

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Author: Jennifer Wallace

Year: 2012

The Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill has the potential to enable people to play a much larger role in their communities, both in relation to their engagement with service providers and by providing opportunities to go beyond ‘co-production’ to actively encouraging community ownership of assets.

To do this effectively the Bill must not simply be about transferring financially struggling assets from the public sector to communities. It must be about a fundamental change of approach, which leads to community ownership or management of assets, with appropriate support from the public sector. Some assets which are currently financially successful, or are being well used, could potentially be even more successful if managed by the community.

The Trust has put together this paper exploring the issues further. We have chosen only to respond to the questions where we have experience and relevant evidence.

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