Call for Evidence on Common Good Property and Funds

The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee has today, 8 February 2017, launched a call for written evidence as part of its scrutiny of common good property and funds in Scotland.

We want to hear your views on whether the current system is fit for purpose and whether common good property and funds are managed properly and in the interests of local inhabitants.

We are particularly interested in the potential advantages and disadvantages of further modernising the statutory framework for common good.

Organisations and individuals are invited to submit written evidence to the Committee setting out their views on the current system for common good property and funds. 

It would be helpful if written submissions could address the following questions:

  • Are the common law rules which define common good property adequate?
  • Do you think the record keeping of common good property and assets held by local authorities could be improved?
  • Is there enough openness and direct engagement with local communities on common good property and funds and the use to which common good property and assets are put?
  • Are details of common good property and assets and income generated by their sale clear and transparent?
  • Any other issues relating to common good property, assets and funds which you wish to bring to the attention of the Committee?

The closing date for receipt of submissions is Wednesday 22 March 2017.

How to submit your evidence 

Submissions should be limited to no more than six pages of A4. Responses should be sent, wherever possible, electronically and in MS Word format to the following email address: [email protected].

Before submitting your evidence please read the Parliament’s policy on treatment of written evidence by subject and mandatory committees (see below). Responses can also be sent by post to: Clerk to the Local Government and Communities Committee Office Room T3.60 Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP.

Written submissions will be made public on the Committee’s webpage. If you do not wish your response to be made public, please contact the clerks to discuss (you may wish to refer to the Parliament’s policy on handling information received in response to calls for evidence

The Committee welcomes written evidence in English, Gaelic or any other language.

If you have any further questions regarding the Committee’s work on this inquiry, please contact the Committee clerking team at the above e-mail address or call 0131 348 6037.

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