NDM8018 Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv) - Empowering communities
To propose that the Senedd:
1. Notes that Wales is home to thousands of
local community groups, with hundreds running significant assets that make
their communities better places to live.
2. Recognises the huge contribution
community groups have made in supporting local people through the challenges of
3. Notes that the previous Welsh Government
agreed with the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee's
recommendation that it should “develop a programme of empowering communities
across Wales with the voluntary sector, acting as an enabling state for
4. Notes the important role that local
authorities often play in ensuring community ownership of assets, and working
in partnership with community groups and other organisations to ensure
successful community venture.
5. Notes the recent IWA report, Our Land:
Communities and Land Use, which finds that Welsh communities are the least empowered
in Britain and calls for a major shake-up of community policy in Wales.
6. Further notes the Wales Cooperative
Centre’s recently published report, Community ownership of land and assets:
Enabling the delivery of community-led housing in Wales.
7. Notes that Wales, unlike Scotland and
England, has no legislation giving communities the right to buy local assets of
8. Believes that enabling community groups
to retain local buildings and land as community facilities and supporting them to
develop active and engaged communities is key to building a more prosperous,
equal and greener Wales.
9. Calls on the Welsh Government to:
a) coproduce a communities strategy to develop
an enabling state for community action;
b) explore the legal options for
establishing a community right to buy in Wales.
Business type: Debate
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
Status: For consideration
First published: 16/06/2022