Shetland, with its ancient heritage, distinctive culture and geographical position, has a long history of community involvement in local government, the development of services and local projects. Community Planning aims to enhance this involvement.
Community Planning is about public, private and voluntary organisations working together, and with communities, to improve services across Shetland and ensure they are tailored to your needs. Community planning cannot be an additional, or parallel, process to the various partnership structures already in place – it should act as the key over-arching framework for other partnerships and initiatives at the regional, local and neighbourhood level.
The Shetland Partnership is the Community Planning Partnership for the Shetland Islands Council area. It provides an overarching framework for partnership working in Shetland. The Partnership Guide can be found below:
The Shetland Partnership’s tenth annual summit took place on 18 February 2016, to consider where the Shetland Partnership can add value and what our priorities should be.
The ninth Annual Summit, held on 2 September 2014, explored the findings of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better.
Madeline Power, from the Equality Trust, was the key note speaker. The Equality Trust is based in the UK and works to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing economic inequality.
And a link to the Equality Trust website: http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/
A report describing Madeleine’s presentation and the outcomes from the summit can be accessed here
Shetland Partnership's eight annual summit took place on 21 August 2013, and the full report is available below:
Single Outcome Agreements (SOAs) set out the priorities between central government, a local authority and other key partners at the local level. SOA's simplify some central funding, help join up public services more effectively and allow greater flexibility for local solutions to local circumstances. Through these means, SOA's are helping to devolve decision making away from central government and reduce bureaucracy.
Shetland's Single Outcome Agreement can be found below:
- Shetland’s Outcome Improvement Plan 2016 (PDF)
- Shetland's Single Outcome Agreement 2015 (PDF)
- Shetland's Single Outcome Agreement 2014 (PDF)
- Shetland's Single Outcome Agreement 2013 (PDF)
- Shetland’s Single Outcome Agreement 2012 (PDF)
- Shetland's Single Outcome Agreement 2011 (PDF)
- Shetland's Single Outcome Agreement 2010 (PDF)
- Appendix A: Sustaining Shetland Summary Update (PDF)
- Shetland's Single Outcome Agreement 2009 (PDF)
They are about what sort of place you want to live in. They set out the local priorities that will make your town or community a better place to be; they have been negotiated between all the main public sector organisations in your area, the voluntary organisations, your local authority, and central Government.
The ideas behind them are to:
- recognise that 'one size does not fit all' and local services should reflect what local people want
- give more flexibility to public sector organisations, local authorities and voluntary organisations in the ways they deliver services for local people
- make local authorities and other public services more accountable to local people
- reduce red-tape and improve value for money
- enable local people to get more involved in decisions about local services.
View the Single Outcome Agreement Annual Report, which provides an update on how we are meeting our priorities:
- SOA Performance Overview 2013/14
- Community Planning Annual Report 2013/14
- SOA Annual Report 2010/11 (PDF)
- SOA Annual Report 2009/10 (PDF)
SOA Strategic Objectives
The Single Outcome Agreement is aligned around FIVE Strategic Objectives that describe the kind of place we want to live in - Wealthier & Fairer, Learning & Supportive, Healthy & Caring, Safe, and Vibrant & Sustainable. These areas are where the national and local government are focusing their action.
- SOA Strategic Objectives (to link to relevant sections in the SOA 2012 once finalised)
- Wealthier & Fairer
- Learning & Supportive
- Healthy & Caring
- Vibrant & Sustainable
Supporting the Single Outcome Agreement for Shetland is the local area profile. This is known as the ‘Sustaining Shetland’ report, which is updated on an annual basis. The report provides:
- A comprehensive profile of Shetland, drawing on a wide range of social, economic and environmental indicators
- Trending and comparative information set out simply and clearly against these indicators
- National Strategic Objectives cross-referenced to Shetland’s Targets and Priorities
Sustaining Shetland measures Shetland’s quality of life and sustainability by providing up to date social, economic, environmental and cultural data for Shetland. All Sustaining Shetland publications can be accessed below.
General statistics for Shetland can be found in Shetland in Statistics.