East Lothian Council

New budget approval and praise for area partnerships

Published Friday 29th April 16

Schools & Community

A proposal devolving £600,000 to Area Partnerships for educational initiatives was approved at the full Council meeting on Tuesday 26 April 2016.

A proposal devolving £600,000 to Area Partnerships for educational initiatives was approved at the full Council meeting on Tuesday 26 April 2016. The Council also commended the Area Partnerships on the excellent work being carried out to tackle inequalities and devolve decision making and funding to communities.

The new allocation of £600,000 will be divided equally among the six Area Partnerships. The funding aims to further support the goal to improve attainment and achievement, and to reduce inequalities within schools and the wider learning community.

Shamin Akhtar, Cabinet Spokesperson for Education, said: “This funding provides communities and schools with a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of our young people and the wider community. It will not only help Area Partnerships to develop new education initiatives, but will also help to build on those creative and innovative projects already in place across East Lothian.”

“Current education initiatives such as ‘Reading is Braw’, supported by Musselburgh Area Partnership, have already increased opportunities for the wider community and pupils both within and outside of the School Curriculum.”

Councillors were also updated on the good progress made by the Area Partnerships in developing their Area Plans and budget allocation over the past year. Since 2015, Area Partnerships have funded and supported a variety of projects and initiatives, ranging from exciting new skateparks, traffic calming measures, connecting our communities with better paths, extending the bursary scheme to offer more places for children to access after-school activities to the development of county-wide community broadband.

Council Leader, Willie Innes noted the range and quality of projects, both completed and underway, and added:

“Area Partnerships provide members of the public with the opportunity to develop community-led plans based on local knowledge, evidence and local priorities. Their work over the past year is testament to the benefits that working together can bring, and reinforces our view that empowering communities will reduce inequalities across East Lothian.”

Lesley Kay, Co-Chair at North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership said:

“We are delighted that East Lothian Council is continuing to support the Area Partnership and with the range of projects we have achieved so far. This new funding will help us to develop and deliver innovative projects to tackle some of the important issues for children and young people in our communities.”

Area Partnerships are now being seen as a model of good practice and are being considered by other councils across Scotland.

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