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Scotland's leading community sector networks have joined together as the Scottish Community Alliance in order to  campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland.

The Alliance has two main functions - to promote the work of local people in their communities and to influence national policy development. We email regular briefings to our supporters on both these themes. More about us here...

local people leading

27 August 2014

With the referendum nearly upon us, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find the head space for those issues that will be exercising us long after we’ve decided whether or not Scotland should be an independent country. And in particular, three big areas of work which are all inextricably linked - land reform, community empowerment and reinventing local democracy – are likely to predominate. In fact, it could be argued that if the chronic lack of genuine local democracy were to be resolved – and the far reaching proposals from the Commission for Strengthening Local Democracy would make a good starting point – much of what’s in the Community Empowerment Bill or indeed many of the Land Reform Review Group’s recommendations might prove to be unnecessary. But we are where we are, genuine local democracy continues to be a distant prospect, and the Community Empowerment Bill represents an opportunity to make some real progress. The call for written evidence on the Bill closes next Friday. To make the task easier, Scottish Government has produced an excellent jargon-free version of what’s being proposed in the Bill. If you want to have your final say in shaping this important piece of legislation, now’s the time.

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The country's leading community based networks have joined together as the SCA to campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland

Logos of supporter organisations logo: development trusts association scotland logo: senscot (social entrepreneurs network scotland) logo: community retailing network logo: community transport association scotland logo: community energy scotland logo: scottish allotments and gardens society logo: glasgow and west scotland ha logo: employers in voluntary housing logo: scottish league of credit unions logo: voluntary arts scotland logo: federation of city farms & community gardens logo: community health exchange logo: community woodlands association logo: glasgow and west of scotland forum of housing associations logo: scottish communities climate action network logo: nourish scotland logo: community land scotland logo: community resources network scotland logo: scottish communities for health & wellbeing