The Scottish Government and COSLA have issued an update on their joint review of Community Planning and Single Outcome Agreements. They have now agreed three core proposals for implementing the previous Statement of Ambition.
- Strengthening duties on individual partners through a new statutory duty on all relevant partners, (whether acting nationally, regionally or locally), to work together to improve outcomes for local communities through participation in community planning partnerships and the provision of resources to deliver the SOA.
- Placing formal requirements on Community Planning Partnerships by augmenting the existing statutory framework to ensure that collaboration in the delivery of local priority outcomes via Community Planning and the SOA is not optional and is made as effective as possible. “That does not mean that CPPs will have to be legally constituted bodies. They will not employ staff or hold budgets, and decisions about resources will remain a matter for individual partners”.
- Establishment of a joint group at national level to provide strategic leadership and guidance to CPPs.
A ‘joint leadership event’, bringing together relevant Scottish Government Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers, new Council Leaders and relevant appointed chairs of public bodies took place on 12th June, to agree on next steps.