Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

This is a key piece of legislation that extended the community right to buy, already available to rural communities via the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, to urban ones.

It also provides a framework for communities to have a greater say in the design and delivery of local services via participation requests and establishes the right to request the transfer of assets. It allows different types of communities bodies to be involved in forestry leasing and requires local authorities to develop local food strategies.

The Act establishes the National Outcomes in law and requires local authorities to establish Community Planning Partnerships and to involve local communities in all stages of community planning.

Click here to read a useful guide from the Scottish Community Development Centre.