Emerging Community Planning Guidance from Scottish Government
Earlier this year, the Scottish Government launched a consultation on guidance and draft regulation for community planning under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.
Part 2 of the Act imposes duties on community planning partnerships and community planning partners around the planning and delivery of improved local outcomes, and the involvement of community bodies at all stages of community planning. Tackling inequalities will be a specific focus, and CPPs will produce “locality plans” at a more local level for areas experiencing particular disadvantage.
Since the Act was passed in June 2015, Scottish Government officials have engaged with representatives of CPPs, local authorities, public bodies, third sector and community bodies to hear views and finalise the regulation and statutory guidance required to enable the provisions to come into force. Following these engagements and receipt and analysis of the consultation responses they have produced near final guidance and regulation
This near final guidance and regulation is produced to help support those who wish to take part in community planning. These materials have been revised in light of responses to the recent consultation on draft guidance. Scottish Government will publish the final version of this guidance once Parliament has scrutinised and approved a related draft regulation (about locality planning) and it will reflect the terms of the approved regulation.
Assuming the regulation were to be approved within their expected timetable, they anticipate that the finalised materials will be available before the end of 2016. However, to support CPPs prepare for meeting the expectations for community planning, including those set out in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) 2015 Act they have provided access to these near final materials now.
This guidance adds more detail to the statutory provisions. Effective community planning requires more than compliance with the duties set out in the Act. It is fundamentally about the positive difference which CPPs and partners make with, and for, people and communities.
Part 1 of this guidance sets out what effective community planning should achieve. Part 2 provides additional supporting detail about what the principles of effective community planning include. It also contains specific guidance to assist CPPs develop both their Local Outcome Improvement Plan and locality plan(s). CPPs will be expected to publish these plans by 1 October 2017.
If you have any questions about community planning in Fife and the role and contribution of the third sector, then please don't hesitate to contact us here at FVA.