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Community Empowerment Act 24/01/2017 The asset transfer section of the Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) 2015 is now in force.

Community Empowerment Act

The asset transfer section of the Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) 2015 is now in force. This allows community-led organisations to request to buy, lease or use any land or buildings belonging to local councils, Scottish Ministers, and a range of other public bodies.

The organisations must show how they will use the land to benefit the community. Requests must be agreed unless there are reasonable grounds for refusal.

Guidance has been published for both relevant authorities and community transfer bodies, along with a summary guide in simple language.

“Taking over land or buildings can give communities the opportunity to deliver services. It can also provide jobs, skills and training, and opportunities to generate income and helps groups to become more sustainable, building confidence and a sense of community,” said Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart. “There are many examples around the country where asset transfer has taken place and real benefits are being delivered by community organisations. But there is still work needed to be done to ensure communities are given every opportunity in getting the land or building they need to achieve their vision.”

More details can be found here.

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