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Locality Planning - The Key Elements A locality plan is a fundamental and dynamic management tool which will state a list of targets to be met within a given locality It will be based on local needs analysis and will be used to prioritise resource allocation whilst at the same time encouraging involvement and enhancing accountability There are many factors which will determine how such a plan might develop some of which are the consultation processes inter-agency and inter-service co-operation availability of resources service quality monitoring and feedback procedures as well as meeting the corporate aims values and policies of Fife Council Consultation will need to be participative and all who may be affected by the plan would need to be actively encouraged to participate This would involve amongst others local community groups elected members voluntary organisations residents businesses council services and officials This consultation phase would have to examine what other plans initiatives programmes and policies may be in place and any resultant impact on existing service provision and resources Inter-agency and intra-agency co-operation is essential if information is to be collated and processed in any meaningful fashion and to ensure that any plan once in place will be properly supported Barriers to co-operation need to be removed through consultation participation negotiation and improved communication channels Resource provision has to be assessed along with any plan Existing resources whether personnel equipment or financial can only cater for so many needs The targeting of these resources would need to be negotiated and agreed by all parties involved as part of the process of encouraging ownership of and participation in a locality plan To provide a plan which meets local needs and has the necessary resources is pointless if the quality of implementation does not meet the expectations of the community Recognition therefore of the service delivery processes are vital Personnel need to be properly trained highly motivated
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