Increased collaboration between the National Collections (National Galleries, National Museums, National Library).
Examination of ways of working more closely together to strengthen their impact in their national role, in supporting collections activity throughout Scotland, and in presenting Scotland to the world.
Review the role of the Risk Management .
We will review the role of the Risk Management Authority to determine whether integrating the functions into other bodies would improve the effectiveness of our systems for public safety.
Rationalise historic archival, recording and presentation functions examining functions and scope for streamlining across Royal Commission for Ancient and Historic Monuments, Historic Scotland and National Archives of Scotland and an increased connection with Scotland's People
Propose further engagement with sector on the options to streamline the archival, recording and presentation functions of Scotland's heritage. Options to be developed with stakeholders.
Continue to support the partnership between the General Register Office for Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland, The Court of the Lord Lyon through Scotland's People
Family historians benefit from an informal partnership between these 3 public bodies which are most important to their researches. The partnership offers a single website - and, from the summer, a single Family History Centre in Edinburgh - where the digitised records of all 3 bodies are available. It is a world leader in its field
Examine the role of Learning Teaching Scotland in light of the establishment of Skills Development Scotland Ltd and the developing roles of national and local Government.
Review of whether functions presently undertaken by LTS might now best be undertaken elsewhere within the public sector, for example whether there is any overlap with the functions of Skills Development Scotland.
Examine the scope to achieve an integrated approach to public health in Scotland.
Further work is required to develop and then consult on this proposal to minimise duplication across public agencies and increase interaction with the key customers and the professionals on the ground delivering health improvement activities
Remove need for two National Parks each to be a single employer
Further work is required to develop and then consult on this proposal which would reduce the cost of corporate services by devising a single employer servicing both Boards.
Review the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB)
Work is needed to review the functions and processes of the SAWB in the context of national minimum wage structures and to consult stakeholders on achieving the most effective processes.
Review the operation and administration of Tribunals in Scotland.
There is a range of tribunals operating in Scotland, of varying sizes, and each with stand-alone administrative support. A review of administrative justice chaired by Lord Philips will report shortly, following which we will develop proposals to streamline the operation and administration of tribunals in Scotland.This will take account of Lord Gill's review of the civil courts, and consider the relationship between tribunals operating in devolved and reserved areas.
Examine the scope to increase joined up decision making in the processes across public sector bodies to consider development proposals.
A number of public bodies are statutory consultees on local plans and individual developments. A group will be established to look at the scope to streamline the engagement of statutory consultees in the development planning and development management processes.
The group will involve the Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Historic Scotland (HS), Transport Scotland and Scottish Water together with representatives of business and local government
Create a single environmental and rural delivery service for shared customers.
The core proposal is based on a shared delivery service to land managers, which improves service primarily by moving the complexity of multiple organisations away from the customer (the organisations identify which specialisms need to be involved and co-ordinate for the customer), and by co-ordinating inspections. Work is underway to implement the proposal.
Refine the responsibilities of Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) within the reshaped built environment sector.
A+DS is the national champion for good design in the built environment and provides independent design advice. To improve effectiveness of delivery A+DS will move towards a more outcome focused approach, working in partnership with Government and other organisations involved in change and development in the built environment.
The development of an outcome approach for public bodies.
To set out the direction and expectation of the Scottish Government in supporting the delivery of our strategic objectives. This approach should give greater clarity to public bodies on what the Scottish Government, expect of them, for example including issues such as improving environmental performance and enabling sustainable economic growth, and, at the same time, provide more room for manoeuvre to innovate to achieve outcomes
Reduction in number of local and regional partnerships required by Government
Further work, with local government, at a national and sub-national level to reduce the number of partnerships which this Government requires and to examine the scope for further integration in other parts of the delivery landscape, including small or regional organisations
Progress simplification in handling of scrutiny and complaints.
Professor Crerar's review into the scrutiny of public services found overlap and duplication in the way public bodies are scrutinised and complaints handled. The Government will work with the Scottish Parliament's Corporate Body and with local government to come forward with proposals for a substantial reduction in the number of bodies with a scrutiny role as a means of better delivering better, more streamlined scrutiny arrangements.