New Changes to Community Planning - FAQs

Do you still have questions?

There are changes happening in Community Planning. Here are some we have thought of.  If you have any other questions please email them to and we will get back to you and add them to our list.

Q1 - Why are we making these changes to Community Planning?

A - The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 places new duties on public bodies to work together to tackle inequalities, focus on prevention and involve communities in the planning process. Guidance has been produced outlining the requirements for community planning partners. The part 2, Community Planning guidance replaces all previous guidance. Further details on the key changes can be found in the table at the end of this briefing.

Q2 - How is the Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP) different from the Community Plan?

A – The LOIP is required to have a clear focus on reducing inequalities and prevention and target areas of greatest need. It should include 10, 3 and 1 year outcomes and contain at least one Locality Plan.

Q3 - What is a Locality Plan?

A – There is a requirement for areas to produce at least one locality plan for areas with the poorest outcomes (< 30,000 population). Criteria are currently being developed to identify the areas of Fife that may require a locality plan. These will be agreed by the Fife Partnership Board. Locality plans can be either geographical or thematic, and will form part of the LOIP, sharing its strategic priorities.

Q4 - How will the priority outcomes be decided?

A – The Fife Strategic Assessment will be used to identify priorities for Fife. These will be tested out with existing boards and partnerships prior to approval by the Fife Partnership Board.

Q5 - How will governance work?

A - It is proposed to have a single governance structure (a ‘hybrid model’) for the LOIP and wider partnership priorities. Partnership outcome boards will be set up, where appropriate merging existing partnership groups with council outcome boards.

Q6 - What does this mean for existing partnerships?

A - Existing partnerships will either be merged with the outcome delivery board or continue to meet and report into one of the boards.

Q7 - What about existing strategies and plans?

A - Where there are statutory plans in place these will continue to run. Those responsible for these plans will be asked to review them in light of the LOIP priorities to assess if any changes are needed.

Q8 - What if there is a need to develop a new strategy or plan?

A - Where a need is identified, this should be highlighted with one of the Outcome Delivery Boards who will be responsible for commissioning any new strategies or outcome delivery plans.

Q9 - How does this relate to Health and Social Care Integration?

A - The Health and Social Care Partnership, Integrated Joint Board (IJB) is one of the community planning partners named in the Community Empowerment Act. One of the differences between its strategic plan and the LOIP is that the IJB has been given nine national outcomes to deliver and report on. It is anticipated that there will be strong links between both areas of work and, where appropriate, we will work together to avoid duplication.

A – The Fife Strategic Assessment will be used to identify priorities for Fife. These will be  tested out with existing boards and partnerships prior to approval by the Fife Partnership Board.

Q10 - What about Health and Social Care Locality and Cluster Plans?

In Fife, the decision was taken to mirror the existing seven Local Community Planning areas for these Locality and Cluster Plans. Seven local roadshows are currently underway to inform future priorities and plans. Links between Health and Social Care and Community Planning will be built on at a local level and, wherever appropriate, share outcomes will be agreed.

Each locality will have a separate Health & Social Care Locality Group as a specialist group; members will include –

  • GP lead & their associated Primary Care staff
  • Service users/ carers
  • Member of the IJB
  • Senior managers with responsibility for services (H&SCP)
  • Health & Social work staff employed by H&SCP
  • Third sector reps
  • Independent sector reps
  • Local authority representatives (including Housing)
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Scottish Ambulance Service

Each locality will prepare a Locality & Cluster Plan for health & social care integration, which will set out arrangements for carrying out integration functions and will form part of the IJB’s Strategic Plan.  Any issues related to health and social care should generally be remitted by the Community Planning Partnership (CPP) to the H&SC Strategic Planning Group. In turn, the H&SC Locality group may also remit wider issues to the Community Planning Partnership.

Q11 - What about the Fairer Fife Commission and Recommendations?

A – The Fairer Fife Commissionreport ‘Fairness Matters’ was published in November 2015. Since then, a number of priority recommendations have been agreed and work is ongoing to deliver these. Using action learning, the outcome lead officers are being supported to work together and deliver on agreed outcomes. It is anticipated that this area of work will be integrated into the LOIP and continue to be a priority area in relation to tackling poverty and inequalities.

Q12 - How are Locality/Neighbourhood Plans different from the existing Local Community Plans?

A – The existing Local Community Plans cover the whole of a local area and include local priorities. It is anticipated that an area-wide local community plan will continue to exist in each of the seven areas. Locality plans, as per Question 3, will only cover the areas with the poorest outcomes.

Q13 - What if our area of work isn’t a LOIP priority?

A – Not every area of work will be a priority. The purpose of the LOIP is to focus on a small number of priority issues where partners can work together to deliver outcomes. There will still be a need to deliver other areas of work. There will also be a review process built in and flexibility to escalate priorities if required.

Q14 - What if our area doesn’t have a locality plan?

A – It is not anticipated that there will be a locality plan in every area. Where an area doesn’t have a specific locality plan there will still be a need to work with communities and response to local priorities via local community planning arrangements.

Q15 - Do you have any examples of practice that others can learn from? How can you share this with others?

A – If you have examples that you are willing to share please get in touch. We are keen to gather these locally and also to contribute to the Scottish Local Government Innovation Exchange – existing Fife examples.

Q16 - How can communities get involved?

A – There are a number of ways that individuals and groups can get involved in making a difference in Fife. These include becoming a member of the Fife People’s Panel, Let’s Talk Changing Fife’s Future, taking part in Local Participatory Budgeting events, attending Health and Social Care Partnership ‘Creating Health Communities’ events, and business engagement via the Fife Economy Partnership are some examples. In addition to this, there are numerous local examples at an area and neighbourhood level and this is where we see this work continuing to develop as we identify areas requiring locality plans.

Q17 - What are participation requests?

A – Part 3 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 on Participation Requests is focussed on extending and improving community participation in improving outcomes for communities. The legislation enables communities to request to participate in decisions and processes that aim to improve outcomes.

Guidance has been developed for both public service authorities and community bodies to use.

Q18 - What are the timescales?

A – A draft plan will be prepare over the next couple of months and this will be consulted on during the summer, prior to sign off and publication by the end of October 2017.

Q19 - How can I keep up to date with developments?

A – You can:

  1. Sign up to receive regular updates by emailing
  2. Join the Fife Community Planning Knowledge Hub Group



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