Christie Commission calls for services built round communities

The report of the Christie Commission on the Future of Public Services in Scotland is now available at:

It proposes a “reform programme”in response to the crisis facing funding for public services.  All of the “key objectives” of the “reform programme” have clear implications for Community Learning and Development  work. These objectives are:

  • “public services are built around people and communities, their needs, aspirations, capacities and skills, and work to build up their autonomy and resilience;
  • public service organisations work together effectively to achieve outcomes – specifically, by delivering integrated services which help to secure improvements in the quality of life, and the social and economic wellbeing, of the people and communities of Scotland;
  • public service organisations prioritise prevention, reduce inequalities and promote equality; and
  • all public services constantly seek to improve performance and reduce costs, and are open, transparent and accountable”.

Amongst a number of recommendations for action to achieve these objectives  are two, which are not necessarily the headline ones, but which appear  specific and practical, but which will need a great deal of work from people like CLDMS and our partners to make them a reality:

“(4.40-4.41) While we recognise that the acquisition of assets can be a catalyst for community development, we believe that a new Bill must include a more comprehensive incentive to community empowerment. We recommend that in developing proposals for a Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill the Scottish Government explores the potential of the Bill to promote:

  • significantly improved community participation in the design and delivery of public services;
  • and action to build community capacity, recognising the particular needs of communities facing multiple social and economic challenges”

“(4.56) We recommend that the Scottish Government, local government and relevant organisations develop a systematic and coordinated approach to workforce development and, in particular, should: … develop a competency framework to apply to all public service workers which focusses on the skills required for delivering outcomes in collaboration with delivery partners and service users”

What could an Act of Parliament do to require community participation?

Could there be a statutory duty to build community capacity?

Should all public service workers have the skills to work in collaboration with service users?

Can Community Learning and Development service providers make a clear case for their contribution to outcomes

Specifically can they demonstrate their role in preventing negative consequences for people which lead to additional expenditure?

Share to Facebook Tweet Share with your LinkedIn Network Email this page Print this page

Leave a Reply