New Council partnership for Fife and South-east Scotland

The City of Edinburgh Council and its neighbouring local authorities have agreed to work on a range of shared issues for the benefit of the broader city region.

The aim of the initiative, to be known as ‘City Region: serving Fife & South East Scotland’, is to share experience and potentially co-operate on tackling common challenges.

It follows a commitment given by Council Leader, Andrew Burns, at a Centre for Scottish Public Policy seminar held earlier this year.

Councillor Burns said: “I committed in April to bring together the six 'City Region' leaderships to discuss closer collaboration.

“Having done so, there ensued a really interesting, and wide-ranging discussion on areas wherein we could potentially cooperate – and, thankfully, there was broad agreement on an initial programme.

“The subject matter is quite deliberately designed to be non-contentious politically and where we felt a common approach could be achievable.”

Six areas of cooperation have been identified; each led by a different local authority. Discussion and development will be focussed around three events:

September 2013: 'Infrastructure, Investment and Visitors' (Edinburgh); and 'Partnership Working' (East Lothian)

March 2014: 'Skills and College Agenda' (Fife); and 'School-Based Education' (Midlothian)

June 2014: 'Energy and Renewables' (Borders); and 'Adult Social Care' (West Lothian)

The output from each event will be in the form of a joint action plan to be split across the six partners.

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