Local Authorities have a remit to consult and co-operate with communities as part of their statutory duty to initiate, facilitate and maintain the process of Community Planning in their own local area.
Community Planning is about making sure that people and communities are engaged in making decisions on public services that affect them. As such, this process requires a commitment from organisations to work together to provide better public services.
The Local Government Scotland Act 2003 places statutory duties on:-
- Local Authorities - to initiate, facilitate and maintain the process of Community Planning
- Scottish Ministers - to promote and encourage Community Planning
Each Local Authority area will approach these duties in their own way, according to their own Community Plan. The process should involve key public sector partners who also have a duty to participate in Community Planning. These include:-
- Health Boards
- Enterprise Networks
- Regional Transport Partnerships
Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs)
Each local authority area has formed a Community Planning Partnership to structure and deliver on the Community Planning process in their local geographic area.
As well as those agencies that have a statutory duty to participate, in some areas other organisations are also involved. These may include:- Jobcentre Plus, Further and Higher Education institutions, Scottish Natural Heritage, business representatives and the Third Sector.
The work of Community Planning Partnerships
Community Planning Partnerships have a strategic role to play in setting a long - term vision for their local area, engaging with communities, and identifying local ways of making the vision a reality.
Community Planning Partnerships also have a role to fulfil in:-
- engaging with and reporting to the community - many Partnerships use the National Standards for Community Engagement to inform their work
- co-ordinating data collection and sharing to build a picture of local issues and analyse need
- monitoring and reporting progress against outcomes
- sharing learning and evaluation
- sharing some services to improve efficiency or customer service - for example asset management
- encouraging equal opportunities
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