SCDC is inviting anyone from community groups and networks, and people working with communities, to give us their views on participation requests. The consultation will inform the Scottish Government's development of regulations and statutory guidance around participation requests. We will be running a series of focus groups followed by an online survey (later in spring) to gather your views. If you would like to take part in a focus group, or get involved in another way, please register your interest here.
The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act specifies participation requests as a process for communities to request to work alongside public sector bodies to improve outcomes, and sets out duties on how public service authorities deal with such requests. They provide an opportunity for communities to set the agenda around how to tackle the needs or issues they have identified, and to become involved in helping to achieve the changes or improvements they are looking for.
We want to hear about ways in which they could be used, what the process of raising a participation request should be, what support and information might be needed to use the legislation, and how they should be promoted. Your feedback will help inform the regulations and statutory guidance which will accompany the Act.