Local partnership within a national strategic framework should be a key theme of the development of a community legal service for Scotland. That is why the Deputy Minister for Justice announced on 21 March that the Executive, in close collaboration with the Scottish Legal Aid Board, intended to establish pilot partnerships to look at local advice needs and service provision in Fife, Argyll and Bute and Edinburgh. This is in addition to the partnership already in operation in Glasgow West. The Executive is also in discussion with the Disability Rights Commission about establishing a thematic pilot partnership to look at provision of advice to people with a disability.
In addition, four pilot projects administered by the Scottish Legal Aid Board with additional funding from the Executive are under way looking at new models of partnership-based service delivery for people in need of legal advice and help. These projects are working with Citizen's Advice Bureaux in Inverness and Moray; with advice providers in West Lothian; with Streetwork in Edinburgh, and with the Ethnic Minorities Law Centre and Castlemilk Law Centre in Glasgow.