Consultation for this Bill began on Wednesday, and closes on 24 January 2014. So there’s over 2 months to comment on it. According to the Scottish Government, the aims of this bill include
- 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.
SG is also inviting views on other ways to reflect local democracy principles, and considering how communities might benefit from legislation to strengthen the national and local focus on improving outcomes, currently implemented through Scotland Performs.
So there’s lots of stuff to think about – and then comment on. It’s a great opportunity to help shape legislation directly affecting communities.