Third sector call for democratic community planning system

A new report from VAS and What Works Scotland calls for an overhaul of Community Planning in Scotland to make the process more democratic.    Reimagining Community Planning in Scotland: A Vision from the Third Sector, was written by Oliver Escobar on behalf of members of Third Sector Interfaces and Voluntary Action Scotland

Dr Oliver Escobar, a political scientist and public engagement practitioner at What Works Scotland and the Academy of Government (University of Edinburgh), facilitated a two day forum with TSI representatives to review evidence and deliberate on the future of Community Planning in Scotland.

Representatives explore how Community Planning could achieve better outcomes and better lives for the people of Scotland with particular focus on tackling inequalities.

On the basis of that work, they then generated 17 Vision Statements around 4 themes:

  • Developing a new role for CP in local democracy
  • Turning CP into a space for collaborative and participative decision-making
  • Improving how CP works
  • Developing a new role for the third sector in CP

The Vision outlined in the paper offers a bold approach for reimagining CP as an empowered space capable of developing better services and solving local problems through policy innovation. This is a collective Vision for ‘Democratic Community Planning’, outlining 17 ‘vision statements’ that describe the potential for Community Planning to become a key driver in public service integration and local policy innovation, advocating wider reforms to give CPPs a more central role in decision making.

Read the report 

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