We want to hear your views on future of Area Partnerships and Community Fund

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Published: Tuesday, 27th August 2019

Members of the public are being asked for their views on the future of area partnerships in the Scottish Borders.

People can also have their say on the how our new Community Fund should operate.

A consultation is now live and can be completed online by 26 September. Paper copies are also available.

We are carrying out an independent review of area partnerships, which were first introduced in January 2018.

They are in place for each of the five localities in the Borders:

  • Berwickshire
  • Cheviot
  • Eildon
  • Teviot and Liddesdale
  • and Tweeddale

Each one is currently made up of Scottish Borders councillors, community councils and other members as decided by each area partnership.

They reflect our statutory duties under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, with a remit and focus of community engagement and involvement.

As part of the survey you can say how much you currently know about area partnerships, what you currently like or don’t like about them, and what they should look like going forward.

Community Fund

In February this year Councillors decided to establish a Community Fund with decision-making devolved to the five area partnerships.

This consists of grant funding that was previously part of other general grant schemes available to community groups as well as ring-fenced community funding.

This consultation is also asking for views on how this fund should be allocated and how it will operate in the future.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Locality Services

"We’re asking people to play their part in shaping two very important aspects of community participation in the Borders.

“Let us know what you think about area partnerships and how they should work in the future. They provide an opportunity for you to participate in an informal discussion and debate about the challenges and opportunities you see affecting your area. We want as many people as possible to know about and participate in them.

“We also want to know your views on the new Community Fund. Each area partnership will get to make local funding decisions. We want you to help decide how this will operate to ensure it’s as beneficial as possible to our local communities.”