Headlines: April 11th, 2000

A national task force on community planning will aim to assist communities in Scotland develop a shared local vision.The new task force will include membership from all key community planning partners, including councils, health boards, local enterprise companies, and voluntary and community groups.

Five ‘pathfinder’ councils have been developing community planning and have offered best practice ideas about fostering successful partnership working and ensuring genuine community participation.

The task force is seen as an important step towards delivering joined up government in Scotland.

The membership of the task force will be announced within the next few weeks and the group will hold its first meeting this summer. It will be supported by a joint Scottish Executive/COSLA secretariat.

Five ‘pathfinder’ councils – South Lanarkshire, Edinburgh, Stirling, Highland, and Perth & Kinross – have been piloting community planning in their areas. The evaluation of the pathfinder projects, Community Planning in Scotland – an Evaluation of the Pathfinder Projects commissioned by COSLA, can be obtained from from the Scottish Executive’s website at www.scotland.gov.uk