Edinburgh Partnership Review and Consultation of Governance and Community Planning Arrangements
The Edinburgh Partnership Review and Consultation of Governance and Community Planning Arrangements is important to everyone in the community, and community councils as key stakeholders have a special place in ensuring the voice of their community is heard in seeking improvements.
Concerns have been raised that as community councils are not part of this consultation they should not take part. That is not the case. Community councilsy have a statutory reason for existing, and this review cannot change that.
Community councils will continue regardless of what governance structure is put in place. They are a major contributor in taking forward community participation in this area, it is therefore important that you as community councillors, as well members of your community, should submit responses. Community councils need to inform the consultation and let the Edinburgh Partnership know where they think they fit best in any governance arrangements – so where and how should communities have the most influence in community planning decision making?
The review and consultation has been necessary due to a reduction in resources from a Council perspective, prompting changes in Council governance arrangements and an opportunity to reflect on the requirements of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. This may mean that the twelve Neighbourhood Partnerships have to be combined into four Locality Community Planning Partnerships each with opportunities for community councils to meaningfully participate in all aspects of community planning through their Locality workstreams for Employability, Health and Social Care, Safer Communities, Children and Young People and Team Around Place.
EACC asks that as many community councils and members of the community respond to the consultation, which is open to everyone, and give your opinion on how community planning might work best to inform the Edinburgh Partnership. EACC will be taking forward a consensus of opinion at the next meeting on 6th September but this doesn’t exclude anyone from making their own contribution either as a community councillor or individually, and we would urge you to, before 9th September when the consultation closes.
The consultation can be found at: https://consultationhub.edinburgh.gov.uk/bi/edinburgh-partnership-review-and-consultation-of-g/