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Single Outcome Agreements

– in the Scottish Parliament on 29th May 2013.

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Photo of Richard Lyle Richard Lyle Scottish National Party

6. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to strengthen single outcome agreements as part of its response to the commission on the future delivery of public services. (S4O-02170)

Photo of Derek Mackay Derek Mackay Scottish National Party

Community planning and the single outcome agreements are at the core of the Scottish Government’s approach to public service reform. Following the Christie report, the Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities agreed a statement of ambition that sets out our shared aims for community planning and provides the basis for action to achieve those aims. That action includes requiring single outcome agreements to set out a clear vision of what each community planning partnership wants to achieve for its area, to include a sharp focus on key policy priorities and to show how each CPP will deliver prevention and the other pillars of public sector reform.

All 32 CPPs have now submitted new draft SOAs and a process of assurance involving senior managers from across the public sector will commence shortly. The process will identify specific development and improvement actions for each CPP that will form part of the agreement of the SOA.

Photo of Richard Lyle Richard Lyle Scottish National Party

The recent “Weathering the storm?” report from the Carnegie UK Trust praised Scotland’s adoption of an outcomes-based approach across the public sector. What is the minister’s assessment of that report?

Photo of Derek Mackay Derek Mackay Scottish National Party

We have had a range of reassurances that the Scottish Government has been leading the way on tackling inequality in our preventative spend agenda and on focusing on community planning. As regards new developments such as the proposed extension of the legal duty, working closely with the Accounts Commission, the national group will deliver a focus on place, partnership and performance. Perhaps that is why the advisers to the United Kingdom Government who advise on issues such as early years have commended the Scottish Government as leading the way on prevention and early years work.

Photo of Mary Scanlon Mary Scanlon Conservative

Will the new draft single outcome agreements include a measure for wellbeing?

Photo of Derek Mackay Derek Mackay Scottish National Party

On the national measurements and the outcomes, a range of indicators are taken into account—not just gross domestic product economic value—in order to consider what progress we are making both nationally and locally. The local SOAs will have indicators that cut across a range of areas and focus very specifically on quality of life as part of the consideration around a sense of place. There is a range of indicators and I am happy to share them with the member to give her further reassurance.