The Scottish Government has recently launched the consultation on the proposed Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill.CE(S)BEdit

There are two events happening in Glasgow – one on Sat 14 Dec organised by Glasgow Community Planning Partnership and one on Fri 13 Dec organised by the Federation of City Farms and Communuty Gardens in partnership with the Glasgow Local Food Network

Saturday 14 December

Glasgow City Council is facilitating an event in the City Chambers on behalf of the Glasgow Community Planning Partnership on the morning of Saturday 14 December 2013 to provide community and voluntary based networks, groups and organisations an opportunity to consider the proposals presented by this consultation.

This consultation event is being organised to ensure that community and voluntary based networks, groups and organisations are provided with an opportunity to discuss the proposed Bill; and to submit an informed response to the Scottish Government on behalf of their individual networks, if they so wish.

An outline agenda for this event and the booking form are available on the CPP website. If you intend to attend this event please complete the booking form.

Friday 13 December

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG) are also organising an event to fcfcglogodiscuss the consultation. By acting together they believe we have more chance of influencing policy.

The consultation document is 75 pages long and has 71 questions – however, FCFCG have produced a 3 page briefing highlighting the 23 questions that they think are most relevant to community gardens.  Please click here to download this briefing.  The consultation is open until January 24th – given that this covers the Christmas period,  time to respond is limited.

FCFCG are hosting a further explanation and discussion of how this affects projects on Friday 13 December in Glasgow, in association with the Glasgow Local Food Network.  An MSP will be attending this event to give advice on how to influence politicians, both at a policy level and by organising a visit to your project. If you would like to attend the (free) event, please go to the registration page.