How NPs Work
Neighbourhood Partnerships (NPs) are Edinburgh's approach to
delivering local community planning.
There are 12 NPs in Edinburgh, and they work to improve the
quality of life in the area.
Each Neighbourhood Partnership is made up of a core membership
including local Councillors and representatives from the Police,
Health the voluntary sector and the local community. Some
Neighbourhood Partnerships have additional members from local
organisations, such as universities or colleges which can play a
key role in the area.
The activities, membership and structures of Neighbourhood
Partnerships are guided by the issues that are important in the
How do they work?
- They bring decision making closer to the community
- They provide opportunities for communities to express their
- They set out the priorities to improve quality of life in the
- They gather local evidence and information to help them develop
a local community plan
- They make sure the local community plan is delivered
Neighbourhood Partnerships each meet in public up to five times
a year, and anyone can attend these meetings.
As well as meeting in public, each Neighbourhood Partnership
develops sub groups to address local priority themes, such as
housing and the built environment? or ?health and well being?.
Subgroups vary between Neighbourhood Partnerships.
What kinds of decisions can Neighbourhood Partnerships
As the local community planning mechanisms in Edinburgh, NPs can
do the following:
- They can make recommendations to the Council and other partner
organisations about the way services may be delivered in the local
- They can comment on strategic decisions that affect the local
- They can award small grants to community groups for local
projects that can make a difference in the local area
Background to Local Community Planning in Edinburgh
Neighbourhood Partnerships (NPs) began meeting in August 2007,
to make sure local communities have more influence on a wide
range of services delivered in their area. They are part of
the way our city's public agencies are working together
to meet our duty to deliver local community
report to Council in March 2007 outlined key elements required for
the establishment of NPs. This report, together with the constitution for
NPs, explains how they should operate and how
they should involve representatives from other public agencies and
the local community.