Date lodged: 11 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it will monitor the effectiveness of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 in terms of community involvement in public sector decision-making.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 24 January 2017
The Scottish Government will keep under review the different Parts of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 to look at the impact on improving outcomes for people and communities across a number of aspects including participation in decision making.
In terms of community planning, sections 8 and 12 of the 2015 Act require each community planning partnership to prepare and publish progress reports on their local outcome improvement plan and locality plans for their communities each year. These annual reports must set out the extent of their participation with community bodies and how effective that participation has been in enabling community bodies to contribute to community planning.