Cairngorms National Park

View of Glen Isla, Caenlochan National Nature Reserve

Community Empowerment

Nobody understands a community better than those that live there. Community Empowerment is about giving a community the right tools and support needed to help them do more for themselves.

Following the recommendations of The Christie Commission the Scottish Government have produced the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act to provide community groups with more rights over decision making, service delivery and the management of local assets.


The Bill includes a number of provisions, with the key one’s summarised as:


Image showing a community discussion in Grantown-on-Spey
Community planning discussion in Grantown-on-Spey

Scottish Rural Parliament

Logo of the Scottish Rural Parliament
Scottish Rural Parliament

In November 2014 the first Scottish Rural Parliament met in Oban, with a second event in Brechin in October 2016. The purpose of the rural Parliament is to give a stronger, more coherent voice to Scotland’s rural communities and enable them to engage more effectively with government at all levels. The Rural Parliament is also about empowerment and has the potential to provide a real opportunity for rural communities in Scotland to take greater control of the decisions which affect them.

Do you have any other questions?


Lee Haxton (Community Support Manager), tel: 01479 870538