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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06049: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what funding it will provide to communities in the Lothian parliamentary region so that they can participate in the additional local decision-making opportunities expected as a result of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 24 January 2017

In 2017-18 we will continue to invest £20m in the Empowering Communities Fund, to ensure that communities are well equipped and supported to deliver long-term solutions that tackle poverty and inequality on their own terms and are able to participate in and make decisions on the priorities that matter most to them.

The draft budget has also allocated £10m to the Scottish Land Fund, in line with the Scottish Government’s commitment to continue this level of funding for the land fund, until 2020. The fund supports rural and urban communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets. A number of groups have been in contact with the Big Lottery with the aim of applying to the fund, and groups such as Action Porty have been successful in receiving funding to take forward their acquisition of Bellfield Church as a community hub.