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Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

Modification of memorandum, articles, constitution or registered rules

70.Section 38 of the Act amends section 35 of the 2003 Act which provides that a community body may not modify its memorandum or articles of association without Ministers’ consent whilst they hold a registered interest or own land purchased under Part 2 of the 2003 Act.

71.Section 38(2) of the Act inserts subsection (A1) into section 35 of the 2003 Act which prohibits a community body from modifying its memorandum, articles of association, constitution or registered rules without the consent of Ministers during a specified period prior to registration of an interest. Section 38(2) of the Act also inserts subsection (A2) into section 35 of the 2003 Act which provides that the specified period starts with the day a community body submits an application for a registered interest in land and ends with the registration of interest in land, rejection of the application to register land, Ministers declining to consider the application under section 39(5) of the 2003 Act or withdrawal of the application by the community body. This means that the existing prohibition which applies whilst the interest is registered and throughout the time they own land purchased under Part 2 of the 2003 Act (in terms of subsection (1) of section 35 of the 2003 Act) is extended to the period prior to registration.

72.Section 38(3) of the Act amends subsection (1) of section 35 of the 2003 Act to make reference to the “constitution” or “registered rules” of a community body. This amendment takes account of the inclusion of SCIOs and BenComs as bodies which may be community bodies.

73.Section 35(3) of the 2003 Act allows Ministers to compulsorily acquire land from a community body which has bought land but, had it not so bought that land, it would no longer be entitled to do so. Section 38(4) of the Act inserts subsections 35(4) and 35(5) into the 2003 Act which allow Ministers to make an order relating to, or to matters connected with, the compulsory acquisition of that land from the community body.

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