Council holding review 
of LAPs

North Lanarkshire Council is looking for your views
North Lanarkshire Council is looking for your views

North Lanarkshire Council is carrying out a review of Local Area Partnerships (LAPs) as part of a drive to work more closely with its key partners and improve services.

The six LAPs, serving Motherwell, Bellshill, Wishaw, Airdrie, Coatbridge and the North, were established in 2005 and there has been only limited analysis of their performance during that period.

The review will examine the partnerships’ role, purpose, along with the style of working and their method of operation.

It will also look at ways of enhancing their role in finding new ways to improve services and outcomes for communities.

LAPs feature representatives from the council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, NHS Lanarkshire, the voluntary sector, Jobcentre Plus, colleges, Scottish Enterprise, SPT and Skills Development Scotland.

Members of the public can participate in the decision-making process by bringing issues for discussion, contributing to debates and questioning elected members and officials from the council and partner agencies.

Council chief executive Paul Jukes said: “Given a whole range of changes that have taken place recently, now is the ideal opportunity to review the Local Area Partnerships.

“All local authorities are facing huge challenges in the coming years, and North Lanarkshire Council is looking to find new ways to involve local groups and individuals to play a key role in shaping and improving services for communities.”