Third Sector Interfaces
Each local authority area in Scotland has a Third Sector
Interface to support, promote, develop and represent the third
- Community groups
- Voluntary organisations
- Social enterprises
The Interface is also the vital connection between the Community
Planning Partnership (CPP) and the third sector.
CPPs are made up of public, private and third sector bodies
including the local authority, health board, fire, police,
enterprise agency and others. They are tasked with ensuring "public
services provided in the area of the local authority are provided
and the planning of that provision takes place" (Local Government
in Scotland Act 2003). Local authorities have a duty to initiate,
maintain and facilitate this process and Scottish Ministers have a
duty to promote and encourage the use of Community Planning.
In 2007, a Concordat between the Scottish Government and Local
Government sets out the terms of a new relationship - a key element
of this is the development of Single Outcome Agreements. The Single
Outcome Agreement (SOA) is the means by which CPPs agree their
strategic priorities for their local area and express those
priorities as outcomes to be delivered by the partners, either
individually or jointly, while showing how those outcomes should
contribute to the Scottish Government's relevant National Outcomes.
Through CPPs, local leaders work with communities, the third and
private sectors to develop the long term vision for the area and
work towards that vision.
The interface arrangements bring together four key, local
- support to voluntary organisations operating in the area, both
local and those national organisations that deliver services at the
- support to and promotion of volunteering;
- support and development of social enterprise;
- connection between the Community Planning Partnership and the