Policy Responses and Commentary

CLD Standards Council responds to Local Governance Review – November 2018

Following an excellent discussion at the November 2018 meeting of our Executive Committee, the CLD Standards Council submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s Democracy Matters consultation, described as “a conversation about community decision making”, which closed on 30 November 2018.  The consultation forms one part of the Local Governance Review, which is considering “how powers, responsibilities and resources are shared across national and local spheres of government, and with communities”.
Read the response: Local Governance Review – Democracy Matters – CLDSC response
For information on the Local Governance Review, go to https://www.gov.scot/policies/improving-public-services/local-governance-review/

Commentary on Scottish Government Programme 2017-18

The Scottish Government launched its Programme for 2017-18 on 5 September. The First Minister described it as “fresh, bold and ambitious”, while media coverage focused on the quantity of legislation.
But what are the issues for CLD and how significant will it be for you and your practice?
Read our commentary which highlights issues and potential actions for CLD practitioners.

CLDSC Commentary Scottish Goverment Programme 2017

You may also be interested in our Position Statement on the Education Governance: Next Steps proposals.

Why a Commentary ?

Any profession needs a voice. And this is all the more true for one like Community Learning and Development (CLD) that seeks to re-define what is meant by a “profession”, balancing rigour and inclusiveness, while striving to establish itself as a necessary part of public services.

The Standards Council is responsible for approval of training courses across the CLD field, for registration of practitioners and for creating a framework that enables practitioners to take charge of their own continuing professional development. All these specific responsibilities contribute to the shaping of an inclusive and empowering profession.

The Standards Council offers Policy Commentary as one way of strengthening the voice of CLD. Its standpoint reflects our core concern with high standards in CLD practice. It promotes fresh thinking about how policy impacts on practice, and how policy can be shaped by the experience of practice. You can find the archive below.

The Standards Council also submits responses to policy consultations. These responses are informed by committee members and registered members. These are also archived below.

Policy Commentary

Policy Responses