Date lodged: 14 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to empower communities.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 22 September 2016
The Scottish Government has taken a number of actions to empower communities. We developed with this Parliament the Community Empowerment Act to give communities new rights. We established the £20m Empowering Communities Fund which gives local groups the money and support they need to make change happen on their own terms. And as part of that fund, we launched the Community Choices programme in June this year. This will support thousands of people to have a real say in budget decisions in their areas.