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The Scottish Government and COSLA Leaders have agreed Scotland’s first Statement of Ambition about how to improve the way local services are delivered

The Statement, covering public services provided to communities by councils, the NHS, emergency services, and other public agencies, is the first step in a major review designed  to put Scotland’s ‘community planning partnerships’ at the centre of an outcomes approach to public services in Scotland.

Local Government Minister Derek Mackay said:

The Scottish Government’s response to the Christie Commission included a commitment to review community planning.  We are, in collaboration with local government, delivering on that commitment.  As evidence of that, I’m delighted that we have agreed this Statement of Ambition to set out our shared aims for community planning and provide a basis for the work we need to do to make it work more effectively.

“Community planning stands or falls on whether it delivers better outcomes and it must keep up with the pace of financial pressures, changing demography and the growing social needs we face.  Effective community planning needs greater integration of services, more focus on prevention and clearer accountability for partners.

“This Statement of Ambition provides a clear framework for how we will achieve that.”

COSLA President Cllr Pat Watters said:

People want the very best results from their public services.  To make that happen, the Christie Commission showed that we need to invest in prevention across the whole of the public sector, and do more to ensure that services work together to focus on what matters most to communities.

“Scotland has set out on that journey, and this Statement of Ambition is a major step forward in agreeing ways to ensure that community planning partnerships truly take centre stage in translating public services into better outcomes. Delivering that ambition will require commitment from across the public sector, but we must all rise to the challenge if we are to grasp this unprecedented opportunity to make a real difference to Scotland’s communities.”

Written by Scott Buckler
Thursday, 15 March 2012 15:03

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