DTAS CERB Response
Q3. Are there any changes that could be made to the current Community Planning process to help make community engagement easier and more effective?
The purpose of Community Planning needs to be clarified (particularly in light of the Christie Commission) and the use of the word “community” removed from the title of the activity. While there is clearly a need for local authorities and other public sector agencies to continue to meet together to strategically plan future public service delivery, it is questionable whether Community Planning Partnerships, as currently constructed, will generate the kind of imaginative and creative thinking required to deliver Christie, never mind have the ability to genuinely empower communities. In particular CPPs are very unlikely (even with a token third sector representative) to adequately consider the potential contribution which the community sector can make to the future provisioning of public services.
See full Development Trusts Association Scotland Response to Scottish Government Consultation on the proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill here