- A meeting to be held with Scottish Govt Third Sector Division in advance of tendering document for Business Support Contract is finalised. Also, may be worth considering sector representation on the assessment panels for future contract – assuming there would be no conflict of interest
- During 2018/19, the SE Action Plan to implement its plans to ‘extend and strengthen’ local SENs. In the longer term, local SENs need to be allocated bespoke resources – in a similar fashion to TSIs.
- Local Authority areas are to be encouraged and supported to develop local SE Action Plans for their respective areas.
- On back of point 3, local SENs are to be given a dedicated budget with which to commission specific actions within the respective local SE Action Plans – in the model of ‘participatory budgeting’. See Local Governance Review
- Govt to hold back 10% of annual SE Action Plan (circa £800k) for new initiatives – agreed upon by panel including Govt and membership-led orgs.
SE Action Plan Reference Sub-Group (Edinburgh) – 27th June 2018
- Govt to look at re-introducing the ‘blended approach’ within the Social Growth Fund. i.e. along similar lines to the Scottish Investment Fund – applying a mix of strategic investment (based on social outcomes and non-repayable) and a repayable element. Most investments were around 50/50.
- Pending discussions, Govt to set aside a bespoke amount for loans under £20k – at affordable rates – and flexible repayment terms.
- There remains an over-riding feeling that a gap continues to exist between what is happening nationally and what is happening at a grassroots level. There is a disconnect. For the Action Plan to be deemed a success, this must be addressed. The Local Governance Review could provide a vehicle for achieving this.
- A review of the SE Intermediaries is welcomed – with Evaluation Support Scotland’s template providing a useful starting point. However, there are many more national intermediaries – funded by Govt – whose members fall within the social/community enterprise family. A review also needs to take into consideration local/national consideration re recommendation 3 (above).
- The Group has agreed to meet on a quarterly basis from now on. The name – SE Action Plan Ref Sub-Group – is seen as unwieldly and also not giving the Group its appropriate status and/or importance. This is to be addressed between now and the next meeting at the end of September.