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Fact sheet

Local Area Agreements

Around 90 authorities have adopted National Indicator NI 135 – ‘Carers receive needs assessment or review, and a specific carer’s service, or advice and information’.

Irrespective of whether NI 135 is included in your area’s Local area agreements (LAAs), carers' needs should be considered in the delivery of indicators such as:

NI 124: People with a long-term condition supported to be independent and in control of their condition
NI 127: Self reported experience of social care users
NI 128: User reported measure of respect and dignity in their treatment
NI 129: End of life access to palliative care enabling people to choose to die at home
NI 136: People supported to live independently through social services (all ages)
NI 139: The extent to which older people receive the support they need to live independently at home
NI 140: Fair treatment by local services

To be sure that carers’ needs in the population are realistically assessed, carers and carers’ organisations should be involved in planning bodies such as the Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) which develops an area’s LAA and the Local Involvement Network (LINk) which contributes to health service planning decisions.

The Concordat and Single Outcome Agreements (Scotland)

The Scottish government’s concordat agreement with local government (2007) marks a sizeable shift from national decision making to local decision-making.

The development of Single Outcome Agreements (SOAs), where local authorities have greater freedom to set their own priorities, is an important part of these changes.

The Single Outcome Agreement will set out the outcomes which each Local Authority is seeking to achieve with its community planning partners. These will reflect local needs, circumstances and priorities, but should be related to the relevant national outcomes’ (Scottish government 2007).

SOAs consist of a mix of national outcomes and local outcomes and indicators, and wordings may vary across authorities. Councils can also develop their own local indicators to sit alongside the existing menu of indicators.

Underpinning the concordat is the concept of partnership working in order to achieve improved outcomes. This partnership approach must be reflected at the community planning level with a recognition that the needs of individuals and communities – if they are to be successfully addressed – have to be addressed collectively.

By April 2009, all SOAs have to encompass the work of not only a local Council but also their Community Planning partners including voluntary sector partners. Community Health Partnerships (CHPs) also to have a greater role in the second year. As well as promoting closer working between organisations, a further aim of community planning is to ‘make sure