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Community Empowerment inquiry launched at Holyrood

15 November 2022

Community Empowerment inquiry launched at Holyrood

The Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee at the Scottish Parliament has launched an inquiry into the impact of the Community Empowerment Act.

The inquiry will look into community planning and how Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) can respond to significant events such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the current cost-of-living crisis. The Committee is seeking views from organisations directly involved in Community Planning Partnerships as well as communities and individuals about the impact the Partnerships have had.

Community Planning aims to improve how organisations such as local government, health boards, and the police work together with other partners to improve local outcomes in an area. Community Planning Partnerships exist in every local authority to identify priorities and to share resources to deliver services for people.

Part 2 of the Community Empowerment Act (2015) changed how community planning is delivered by CPPs. They have to develop Local Outcomes Improvement Plans and targeted ‘locality plans’ for smaller areas which need more support. Partners also have to work with communities to involve them in community planning.

There are two different ways to respond to the inquiry, both of which will be live until 30th December 2022.

The call for views is aimed at members of Community Planning Partnerships (organisations or individuals) and asks a number of detailed questions about how their partnerships operate.

The survey is shorter and is aimed at other organisations or individuals who have an interest in community planning.