SCDC survey and briefing on Community Empowerment Bill

The Scottish Government launched its consultation on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill on 6th November 2013. The policy aims and support for local self-determination and community empowermentcontained in this draft Bill are a welcome step toward realising an active, inclusive and just Scotland. 

CHEX will be considering its own reponse to the Bill, and we encourage our network member organisations and other colleagues to respond to the consultation to ensure that community-led health priorities are given as much chance of influencing the Bill as possible.  This might include issues of health inequalities, wider inequalities, capacity and participation.

In the meantime, CHEX's parent organisation, SCDC has created a short online survey asking for your views on the Bill's proposals which are most relevant to community development in Scotland. These are aimed at informing SCDC's response to the Bill, and are not intended to replace the draft Bill's own consultation questions which SCDC encourages you to respond to.

Our online survey can be accessed here and should only take a few minutes to complete.

In addition, SCDC has written a briefing summarising crucial aspects of the Bill and asking important questions about the proposed legislation. The briefing may help you to think about some of the issues around the Bill before responding to the survey and, indeed, the draft Bill consultation itself. You can read the briefing here.

The consultation paper is available on the Scottish Government website at If you would like a printed copy, you can contact, or telephone 0131 244 0382. The closing date for responses is 24 January 2014.

Finally, SCDC has partnered up with Community Development Alliance Scotland (CDAS) to host an event around the Community Empowerment (Scotand) Bill on the 12th December 2013 in Edinburgh.  Follow this link for more details.

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