Community Planning Partnership Board Meeting June 2018
The CPP Board met at Council Headquarters in Kilmarnock on Thursday 14 June 2018. The agenda and papers for this meeting are available online, via the East Ayrshire Council website.
Board members were delighted to welcome John Senior to his first CPP Board meeting as a community representative. John is an active member of the Cumnock Community Led Action Plan Steering Group and a welcome addition to the CPP Board. He joins Arthur Cairns, Beth Griffin and David McLatchie, as one of 4 community representatives, replacing Ewen Logie who recently stepped down.
Fairer Scotland Duty
The Board received an update on the Fairer Scotland Duty, which was introduced by the Scottish Government with effect from 1 April 2017, to assist to address socio-economic inequality across our communities.
The Scottish Government defines 'socio-economic inequality' as ‘living on a low income compared to others in Scotland, with little or no accumulated wealth, leading to greater material deprivation, restricting the ability to access basic goods and services’.
This new duty requires public sector agencies to formally consider, at a strategic level, how they can take action to reduce socio-economic inequality duty through the decisions that they take.
The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 has been introduced to set out a clear agenda for tackling, reporting on and measuring child poverty. The Act sits within the context of the Scottish Government’s wider ‘Fairer Scotland’ agenda and its stated ambition to ensure that Scotland is the best place in the world to grow up.
The CPP Board considered a report which set out the implications of the Act for local partners in East Ayrshire.
From 2019, an annual Child Poverty Action report will be published, setting out the key activity to be progressed in each local authority area to address child poverty. In East Ayrshire, this report will be developed by East Ayrshire Council and NHS Ayrshire and Arran, in partnership with colleagues across the wider CPP.
Children and Young People’s Cabinet
Board Members were provided with an update on this year’s community planning conference, which has since taken place, on 21 June 2018 at Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock.
The event took the form of a joint session between community planning partners and the East Ayrshire Children and Young People’s Cabinet. Partners were delighted to hear directly from local young people about the issues concerning them, and a really constructive discussion took place around a variety of topics, including concessionary travel for young people, school meal choices and partnership volunteering opportunities.
CPP Board Members were also advised that, as part of its wider review of local democracy, the Scottish Government is carrying out its own consultation about getting local communities more involved in local decision making which affects them, entitled Democracy Matters. To find out more, please visit the Scottish Government website.