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Clydesdale’s MSP, Aileen Campbell has welcomed this week’s launch of the consultation of the Community Empowerment Bill, describing it as a major development for local self-determination.

The bill proposes to improve community right to buy legislation by making it more straightforward for communities to take on public sector lands and properties.

The proposals also set out to provide a new statutory role for community councils, in order to give communities a stronger voice in the delivery of public sector services. Further proposals seek to extend the community right to buy to urban areas in Scotland.

Commenting, Aileen said:

"The Empowerment Bill is a fantastic opportunity to give Clydesdale communities the necessary tools to determine the future of their local areas.

"After hosting the Clydesdale Community Empowerment and Engagement Event with Alex Neil MSP and the Big Lottery Fund last year, it was clear that people in Clydesdale want to take real steps to make a difference and improve their communities.

"Clydesdale locals know what’s best for their communities and this bill proposes to empower them and enhance their ability to develop their community spaces in ways most beneficial to the area.

"I would encourage my constituents in Clydesdale to make their views known in the consultation on what is being proposed - it is their big chance to get involved in the empowerment of communities across Scotland."

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