Community planning – making a difference to people’s lives

Published on Wednesday 20 December 2017

We can do better when we all work together - that is the shared belief of the leading Angus agencies that came together to launch the area’s Local Outcomes Improvement Plan and Locality Plans.

Angus Community Planning Partnership Board – comprising Angus Council, Voluntary Action Angus, NHS Tayside, Angus Integrated Joint Board, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Dundee & Angus College, the private and business sector - have given full support to the vision, priorities and outcomes of the Angus LOIP and its four Locality Plans.

Local Outcomes Improvement Plan

Focusing on the three key areas of economy, people and place, the plan and the four locality plans (for Arbroath; Brechin/Montrose; Carnoustie/Monifieth/Sidlaw; and Forfar/Kirriemuir) recognise the strengths in working together – communities and agencies – to decide what needs to be done and how to do it. Community planning helps to bring together everyone who has a contribution to make to the place where they live, work and visit – to plan and take actions that make a real difference to people’s lives in areas where people experience inequalities.

The LOIP and the locality plans were published at the end of September following approval by the ACPP Board, as required by the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. Following three years of consultation, engagement and investigation in each of the localities, efforts and resources will be directed at where they will have greatest impact on combatting poverty and inequality. While the plans cover entire localities, the work carried out will be very specific to local communities and neighbourhoods.

Board chairman Neil Prentice said: “Communities are at the heart of community planning. They can and do achieve things for themselves and that is something we must build upon and in so doing increase the influence and control that local people have over decisions and services that impact on their lives. By working together we can improve outcomes and tackle the inequalities that some people experience.

“To make that positive impact upon poverty and disadvantage, we must endeavour to have the right workforce, the right investment, the right infrastructure – together with strong communities – in place so we can all make a difference for our future generations.”

The Angus Community Planning Partnership Executive Group will manage and scrutinise performance of the LOIP and Locality Plans. It will coordinate and align resources and, as required, create short-term task groups and standing groups to realise the plan’s ambitions and outcomes.

Pictured (L-R) are -  Cllr Bob Myles, Leader, Angus Council; Gordon Pryde, Group Manager, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service; Hazel Scott, NHS Tayside; Grant Ritchie, Principal, Dundee & Angus College and Vice Chair of the ACPP Board; Neil Prentice, Voluntary Action Angus and Chair of the ACPP Board; Chief Inspector David McIntosh, Police Scotland; Colin Grieve, Area Manager, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service; Margo Williamson, Chief Executive, Angus Council; Hugh Robertson, Chair, Angus Integrated Health & Social Care Joint Board.