Strengthening Community Engagement – How might the Community Empowerment Act improve delivering local services?
The Community Empowerment Act was introduced in 2015 to help empower community bodies through the ownership or control of land and buildings, and by strengthening their voices in decisions about public services.
At its core is the principle and process of Community Planning where public agencies work together and with their communities to plan and deliver better services with the aim of making a real difference to people’s lives.
Held in partnership with CPP Seminars Scotland, this half-day seminar will consider how prepared public authorities are for responding to community participation requests following the introduction of part 3 of the Act in April 2017 and what more needs to be done to help local communities to plan and deliver better services and supportive communities and their environments.
Senior Manager, Performance Audit & Best Value (PABV), Audit Scotland
Director, Scottish Community Development Centre
Partner and Head of Public Law and Regulatory Division, Brodies LLP
Chief Executive, Health in Mind
09.00-09.30 Registration & Refreshments
09.30-09.35 Chairpersons Introduction
Alex Davidson, Board Member, cpp Seminars Scotland
09.35-10.00 Implementing the Community Empowerment Act: Audit Scotland’s review
Lorraine Gillies, Senior Manager (PABV), Audit Scotland
10.00-10.25 National Standards for Community Engagement
Fiona Garven, Director, Scottish Community Development Centre
10.25–10.45 Questions & Discussion
11.00–11.25 Taking forward participation requests
Jackie McGuire, Partner Planning & Environment, Public Law, Regulatory & Competition, Brodies LLP
11.25–11.50 Developing local mental health initiatives and strategies
Gwenn McCreath, Chief Executive, Health-in-Mind
11.50–12.35 Questions & open plenary discussion
12.35–12.45 Chairpersons Closing remarks
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