East Lothian Council

New funding agreement agreed for Area Partnerships

Published Tuesday 16th December 14

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Funding for Area Partnerships agreed at full Council meeting

A £1.25M funding package for the six new Area Partnerships in East Lothian in 2015/16 was agreed today (Tuesday 16 December) at a full Council meeting.

The new funding agreement will provide the Area Partnerships with the means to determine priorities for expenditure within their local communities under three budget headings: Services provided by the Council’s Amenity Services; Roads Capital Expenditure; and for other non-recurring general services priorities.

Council Leader, Willie Innes, said:

“We are delivering on our commitments detailed in the East Lothian Council Plan 2012-17 which include the objective ‘to establish Local Area Partnerships for all six areas of East Lothian to give local communities, Community Councils and local groups more say in local services.’ We also made the commitment ‘to devolve decision making and budgets.’ I am delighted that the devolution of budgets to Area Partnership to fulfil these commitments has now been approved by the Council.

“The new funding agreement gives Area Partnerships responsibility to identify and deliver  service improvements for their communities and provides a real opportunity for local residents to become more engaged with meaningful decision making.”

The Area Partnerships were established earlier this year with one Area Partnership for each of the council’s electoral wards, and a joint one for the two Musselburgh wards. The key aim of the Partnerships is to develop Area Plans, monitor their delivery and oversee the budget and other resources devolved to the area to meet local priorities.  

The Area Plans are being prepared by local communities in collaboration with East Lothian Council and other service providers including Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and health services.  The Plans will recognise the diverse priorities of each particular area and will form the basis for decisions to by Area Partnerships to prioritise the £1.25M that has been devolved to them in the next financial year.  Priority issues that are being considered by Area Partnerships include transport and active travel, town centre regeneration, and improving attendance and achievement for children and young people.

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