Our focus is on the need for public services to be designed and delivered around individuals as well as communities. Our key message is that the proposed Bill, as it stands, is a missed opportunity to tackle this equally important, indeed vital, aspect of public service reform. This response sets out how the needs of individual consumers as service users are different from those of collective interests and will therefore not be addressed adequately (and could even be marginalised or excluded), if there is a sole focus on community engagement. We make suggestions about how the Scottish Government could redress this balance in the proposed Bill, the scope of which should be extended to form a User and Community Empowerment Bill.
Response to the Consultation on the Proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill
Published: 26 September 2012