The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 introduces Participation Requests aiming to extend and improve community participation in improving outcomes for communities. The legislation enables communities to request to participate in decisions and processes which are aimed at improving outcomes. The Act states that a community participation body may make a request to a public service authority to permit the body to participate in an outcome improvement process.
The basic Participation Request Process is as follows:
- A community participation body puts forward a participation request to a public service authority asking them to take part in a process with a view to improving the outcome set out by the community body.
- The public service authority must agree to the request and set up an outcome improvement process unless there are reasonable grounds for refusal. If it refuses the request, it must explain the reasons.
- How the outcome improvement process will work and how long it should take is discussed between the community participation body and the public service authority.
- At the end of the process the public service authority must publish a report on summarising the process, whether the outcomes were improved and how the community body contributed to that improvement.
More information about Participation Requests is available through the following links:
Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015
To make an informal enquiry or send a completed form please email firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
Communities and Housing Area Manager
Aberdeen City Council
Business Hub 11, 2nd Floor West