Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 - Community Planning Guidance and Regulation

Closed 19 Jun 2016

Opened 17 Mar 2016

Feedback updated 20 Dec 2016

We asked

for your views regarding our draft guidance and regulation for Part 2 Community Planning in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.  This consultation explored views regarding the principles of effective community planning, the review and reporting of plans and the criteria and population basis for locality planning. 

You said

a total of 92 responses were received, 5 from individuals and 87 from organisations.  There was a high level of support for and broad agreement with the principles and timing of reports as outlined in the guidance. We received wide ranging and lengthy comments regarding the criteria and population basis for regulation with a majority welcoming the flexibility afforded by this.    

We did

No substantial changes to the regulation regarding locality planning.  Reflecting comments recieved the Community Planning Guidance has been reviewed to provide greater emphasis to: Community Participation; Tackling Inequalities and Shared Leadership. 

We have published: an analysis of consulation responses regarding the draft guidance and regulation; the finalised regulation which describes the localities into which CPPs must divide local authority areas for the purpose of carrying out locality planning; community planning guidance as described above, and; a plain English guide to help people and communities understand what community planning is all about.  

Results updated 20 Dec 2016

an analysis of consultation responses to the draft guidance and regulation has been published


Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


Consultation on Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, Part 2 Community Planning, Guidance and Regulation. 

High quality public services which work together and with Scotland's communities are essential to support a fair and propserous society. Community planning is the means by which people and communities can be placed at the centre of public service delivery and policy making.  Community planning is a key driver for public service reform at local level. It brings together local public services and the communities they serve. It provides a focus for joint working, driven by strong shared leadership, directed towards distinctive local circumstances. 

This guidance seeks to provide a renewed vision for community planning, which builds on the provisions in the 2015 Act.  Community Planning Partnerships and community planning partners should understand how their performance matches these expectations and have a clear understanding of the nature and extent of improvement and support required.

Under the Act, community planning is about how public bodies work together and with the local community to plan for, resource and provide or secure services which improve local outcomes.  Tackling inequalities will be a specific focus and Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) will produce locality plans at a more local level for areas experiencing particular disadvantage. CPPs and their partners must take all reasonable steps to secure the involvement in community planning of any community body which it considers is likely to be able to contribute to it, to the extent that the community body wishes. The guidance seeks to provide additional detail to enable community planning partners and those who wish to participate in community planning to be able to do so.

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Why your views matter

This consultation is designed to give stakeholders an opportunity to share their views on both the proposed guidance and the draft regulation made under section 9 localities.  

The views gathered will be used to gauge the appropriateness of what is proposed and identify gaps or shortcomings.




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