Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, part 2 Community Planning: guidance

This guidance is to help support those who wish to take part in community planning.

D: Links to other relevant legislation, strategies and supporting documentation

Community Empowerment and Engagement - the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, and easy read of the Bill Policy Memorandum

The Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 part 2 community planning, explanatory notes and guidance

Community planning advice notes (Advice supporting the 2003 Act re amongst other things, partnership models and structures, partnership working, community engagement, performance management)

Scotland Performs measures and reports on progress of government in Scotland in creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all to flourish through increasing sustainable economic growth. Scotland Performs identified seven targets which are supported by 16 national outcomes.

Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services (2011)

Review of Community Planning and Single Outcome Agreements - Statement of Ambition (March 2012)

Best Value guidance (includes Best Value themes for public bodies re vision and leadership, effective partnerships, governance and accountability, resource use and performance management)

Scottish Public Finance Manual (provides guidance to the Scottish Government and other relevant bodies on the proper handling and reporting of public funds. It sets out the relevant statutory, parliamentary and administrative requirements, emphasises the need for economy, efficiency and effectiveness, and promotes good practice and high standards of propriety.)

Equality Act 2010 and Public Sector Equality Scotland Specific Duties regulations introduced in 2012 provide detail about the equality considerations relevant to public bodies.

Agreement on joint working on community planning and resourcing (Single Outcome Agreement as focal point for collaboratively agreed community planning and deployment of resource)

Improvement Service - CPP Self Assessment (links to governance and accountability, use of evidence and resources, community engagement, performance management and communication)

NCPG letter- next steps - May 2012 (Strengthening duties and accountability providing information re partnership working and resource sharing)

NCPG Letter - July 2014 - (Outlines key principles and focus on small number of priorities to gain traction and address greatest need.)

CPP Audit

The role of community planning partnerships in economic development - November 2011, survey of 32 CPPs to assess whether CPPs have made a difference to local communities.

Audit Scotland - improving community planning in Scotland - March 2013,drawing on audits of 3 CPPs, to provide a contribution to how community planning can be improved.

Community planning - Turning ambition into action - November 2014 based on 5 further CPP audits, this provides an assessment of local and national progress.

Other Relevant National Strategies and supporting documentation, etc.

Strategic Guidance for CPPs: Community Learning and Development (2011)

The Health and Social Care Integration site gives more information about this major reform. Integration Joint Boards are named partners in community planning.

The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 allows health boards and local authorities to integrate health and social care services in the area of the local authority.

Supporting materials to assist Community Planning Partnerships

National Standards for Community Engagement - are good practice principles designed to support and inform the process of community engagement, and improve what happens as a result

Place Standard - tool which provides a framework to structure conversations about the physical as well as social aspects of place

Third Sector Interface Community Planning Improvement Programme (Improvement programme to amongst other things, support improved effectiveness of TSIs in Community planning; support understanding and impact of sector in community development)

West Lothian engaging communities toolkit (Example of how one CPP have taken forward engagement)

CPP Support - this portal includes links to online tools and information provided by national improvement agencies (including Education Scotland, Improvement Service, NHS Health Scotland and NHS National Services Scotland) and national programmes (Workforce Scotland) to support CPPs and others to share innovative and interesting practice, learning, developments. This includes the contact details of who to speak to from the national improvement agencies if you would like to access tailored consultancy and facilitation support for your CPP.

Examples of other supports to CPPs

CPP Self Assessment - targeted support for self-assessment and improvement planning in CPPs.

CPP outcomes profile Tool to help CPPs assess if the life of their community is improving over time, interpret what is happening and why and prioritise what they are going to do about it.

CPP Board Member Guidance - to help understand expectations for community planning, roles, responsibilities, skills and behaviours required.

Data analysis tools(examples)

Community profiler - designed to analyse change in outcomes for the most and least deprived communities across Scotland over time.

Viewstat - displays data on a map from over 600 indicators, including health, education, safety, economic participation, housing and income.

Welfare Reform Dashboard - provides data on welfare reform by council and neighbourhood area.

Case Studies

What Works Scotland - to support effective public service delivery in Scotland enhancing learning, comparison and sharing. 4 Case study areas focus on: 1. Community planning, health and social care integration, road safety and prevention. 2. Vulnerable children and school, community and family hubs. 3. Place based initiative, poverty. 4. Neighbourhood and inequalities.


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