The Community Planning is described by the Scottish Government as ‘a process which helps public agencies to work together with the community to plan and deliver better services which make a real difference to people’s lives’.
HTSI has a responsibility to build and support a relationship between public bodies and the Third Sector. The Scottish Government have helped to focus the discussion of Community Planning by requiring the production of a Single Outcomes Agreement for each local authority. Much of the third sector activity can be acknowledged to contribute to the delivery of the SOA so the relationship between statutory agencies and the sector is very important. The SOA will soon be replaced by the new Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP)
The sector should be represented, consulted and included as Community Planning aims to involve communities, individuals and groups in decisions about public services and to encourage ‘organisations to work together, not apart, in providing better public services’. The Third Sector by virtue of its community focus, range and social agenda has a valuable dimension of evidence, experience and knowledge that is not only unique to the sector but provides additional strength to the Community Planning agenda.
Our aims within the Community Planning process as the Highland Interface are;
HTSI and its partners will participate in strategic and community planning with all the public bodies within Highlands. We will try to foster positive relationships and partnerships to the benefit of all Sectors and the wider Highland Community. We will try to encourage more partnership working from within the Third Sector and between sectors.
The Highland Community Planning Partnership Structure:
Highland Chief Officers Introduce the CPP: