The Community Empowerment Act

The Community Empowerment Act provides a strong means to address social inclusion with its new focus on disadvantage at neighbourhood level and requirement for Community Planning Partnerships to draw up Locality Plans. It also complements this through aiming to strengthen community engagement in delivering public services and managing assets, including land.

A theme running through the Community Empowerment Act is what the Christie Commission described as co-production – the participation of communities in the design and delivery of the public services for those communities. Achievement of this ambition may require the machinery of government to adopt a more enabling role than its current focus on delivery.