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DG Support – Community Bulletin – Ed 76

10 years ago this week, the Christie Report was published, outlining how we should deliver public services in Scotland.

If a week is said to be a long time in politics, 10 years seems an eternity. But, in those 10 years, we’ve certainly come a long way in terms of the way that we deliver public services. We’ve made great progress in implementing integrated services, increasing efficiency, reducing duplication, preventing negative outcomes, and empowering individuals and our communities.

So, let’s celebrate 10 years of Christie and the work done to deliver its principles.

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The chair of the group that produced the report was Campbell Christie, formerly of the Scottish Trades Union Congress, who had many years’ experience of working with a range of public bodies, including councils, health services, police, fire and rescue, and enterprise.

The report set out four principles that were important for Scotland’s future, to make services better for people and communities across the country:
• empowering individuals and communities
• integrating service provision
• preventing negative outcomes
• joint working to improve efficiency

This week sees a 7-day celebration of the different projects and services that have been introduced at national level and local level to implement these principles.

Residents of Dumfries and Galloway will recognise many of the ideas that are being shared, such as:
• Community Asset Transfers, where public bodies hand over a building or property to a community group which has local support and a sound business plan to improve it;
• Inclusive Playparks, where our council, children, parents, contractors and local people have introduced new
equipment and improved their surroundings so that playparks are available for children of all abilities;
• Youth Work Counselling in secondary schools, which supports our young people and reduces the demand on NHS mental health services and social work services; and
• Participatory Budgeting, where residents across the region decide which projects get investment – this year our Poverty and Employability Teams have worked together with the third sector and the funding is supporting employment opportunities in voluntary and community organisations.

Dumfries and Galloway public services are constantly changing and improving, always looking for ways to put the Christie principles into effect. The involvement of local people and groups is essential to keeping this going.

Here’s to what more we can achieve together in the next 10 years.