Scotland: setting the standard

Scottish National Party Conference Fringe:
Community wealth building panel discussion and Q&A

TECA Meeting Room 6, First Floor (inside the secure zone)

In anticipation of the 2023 Community Wealth Building Bill, a panel of experts will discuss how to ensure that this crucial piece of legislation can be used to empower Scottish places to truly rewire the mechanisms of poverty. The discussion will cover how community wealth building practice is evolving  in Scotland, emergent opportunities such as the climate transition, how community wealth building can be implemented across different levels of government and whether the Scottish government can do it alone, or whether more buy-in from Westminster will be required.


  • Sarah Longlands, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (chair)
  • Tom Arthur MSP, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth
  • Cllr Susan Aitken, Leader, Glasgow City Council
  • Cllr Marie Burns, Leader, N. Ayrshire Council
  • Chris Birt, Associate Director for Scotland, Joseph Rowntree Foundation