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A guide on how to ensure local services are better designed and built around people and local communities has been launched by the Scottish Government recently.
Minister for Local Government Aileen Campbell launched the guide, which promotes public-social partnerships, during a visit to community hub 'Out of the Blue' in Leith, Edinburgh.
The guidance builds on the experience of ten projects, in a range of areas including social care, youth services and recycling. These piloted new ways to effectively link the public and third sectors and to ensure the people and communities are kept at the centre of all discussions on the design and management of the service.
Ms Campbell said:
"To provide a high quality public service, the needs of the people and communities intended to benefit from the service must remain at the very centre of design and organisation.
"The approach is obvious but can too often be over complicated. All organisations, in the third, public and private sectors have a responsibility to ensure public and community services are joined up and delivering what individuals and local areas need.
"The guidance launched today promotes public-social partnerships which have been piloted and been successful in supporting organisations to be more adept at designing services around the needs of the public.
"It's part of our ongoing commitment to ensure our public services are high quality and continually improving. As Minister for Local Government I am committed to ensuring this guidance, demonstrating how to deliver effectively and efficiently in partnership with the third sector, is shared and used across the public sector including through the Community Planning Partnerships."
The guidance has been produced by PwC working alongside specialists in Forth Sector Development and the Scottish Government to provide advice and support to the public social partnership projects, enabling them to design and deliver a wide range of enhanced services to their communities.