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West Lothian Community Planning Partnership

West Lothian Community Planning Partnership was set up to identify, assess and prioritise what is important for West Lothian's communities, and enable the setting of achievable and demonstrable outcomes for the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan.

Participation Requests - Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act

Participation requests are one part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

They allow community bodies to ask the Council, or other public authorities, to be involved in decisions and put forward their ideas for how services could be changed to improve outcomes for their community. 

Information has been developed on the West Lothian Participation Request process.. To find out more about participation requests please contact

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (LOIP)

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 requires CPPs to prepare and publish a local outcomes improvement plan (LOIP), setting out the local outcomes the CPP will prioritise.  The CPP Board agreed that what was the Single Outcome Agreement met the requirements outlined in the Act and, as such, agreed to adopt this as its Local Outcomes Improvement Plan.  A few minor changes have been made and you can view the updated pdf icon Local Outcomes Improvement Plan [4Mb] here.

Locality Plans

CPPs are also required to prepare and publish locality plans, focusing on areas experiencing poorer outcomes.

The localities we are covering in West Lothian are based on those in the bottom 20% SIMD. The specific areas are:

  • Armadale
  • Bathgate
  • Blackburn
  • Bridgend
  • Craigshill
  • Fauldhouse Breich Valley (Fauldhouse, Stoneyburn, Addiewell, Polbeth)
  • Livingston Central (Knightsridge, Ladywell, Dedridge)
  • Whitburn

The CPP is working through a robust process and is making good progress towards having plans drafted in these areas. We have established steering groups in each target area, are mapping assets and gathering statistical data, and are carrying out widespread community engagement in each area to help inform the plans

About the Partnership

West Lothian Community Planning Partnership was established in 1999 and now includes nineteen partner organisations: West Lothian Council, NHS Lothian, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian, West Lothian College, Scotland's Rural College, West Lothian Chamber of Commerce, Scottish Water, JobCentreplus, West Lothian Leisure, West Lothian Youth Congress, Skills Development Scotland ,SEStran, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Sports Council and Visit Scotland.

West Lothian Community Planning Partnership is a mature, strategic alliance which has demonstrated a strong sense of understanding of the priorities for West Lothian within our Local Outcomes Improvement Plan 2013-2023.

West Lothian Community Planning Partnership Board

The Community Planning Partnership Board consists of senior representatives of all partner agencies. It meets four times a year, is chaired by the Deputy Leader of the Council and provides the strategic leadership for the Partnership. Minutes of the Board meetings can be found below. If you would like any further details about the content of the minutes, please contact the Community Planning Team.


Community Planning Steering Group

The Community Planning Steering Group consists of senior representatives from 5 partner agencies.  It meets four times a year, 2 weeks prior to the Community Planning Board, and is chaired by the Councils Chief Executive. The Steering Group progresses work on behalf of the CP Board and oversees performance management in relation to the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan.  Minutes of the Steering Group can be found below.

The Partnership's Terms of Reference gives more details about the Partnership itself and the roles and responsibilities of the groups within the pdf icon Community Planning Strategic Structure [51kb].

Community Planning Development

We have agreed that the focus of our CPP development for the foreseeable future will be on developing the partnership's capacity to deliver the outcomes set out in the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan. A Community Planning Partnership Development Plan has been developed which details a range of development activities.

Life Stages

.Life Stages was a strategic programme of change which aimed to enable the CPP to plan and deliver more effective interventions to tackle social inequalities and build successful communities using a Life Stage approach.  Pioneering the Life Stages approach as far back as 2008 is likely to have led to the CPP's positive progress, allowing the partnership to implement public service reform at an early stage from a strong position.  CPP services are now planned and delivered in an outcomes focused and holistic way as a matter of course and positive impacts can be seen from this.  At the 20 November 2017 CPP Board, it was agreed that, as Life Stages has been superseded by other CPP plans and arrangements and the principles have been embedded in the way the CPP operates, the programme would be retired.  It is important to acknowledge the positive influence that Life Stages has had on the CPP and its legacy on CPP service planning and delivery and a pdf icon report [239kb]has been prepared to conclude the programme. The Life Stages outcomes and Making Change Happen Support Guide can be found in the 'Related Document's for reference.