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Community Planning in Scotland

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 creates new rights for community bodies and introduces new duties on public authorities, the Act strengthens the voices of communities in the decisions that matter to them. The Act does a number of things, including strengthening the statutory base for community planning.


Community planning is about how public bodies work together and with local communities to design and deliver better services that make a real difference to local people’s lives. Community planning is a key driver of public service reform at local level.  It provides a focus for partnership working driven by strong shared leadership, directed towards distinctive local circumstances.  Partners work together to improve local services, ensuring that they meet the needs of local people, especially for those people who need those services most.