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Scottish Funders Association
Being Small in a Big World
Colin Mair, CEO, Improvement Service
Scope
• Why small matters: the “bigging” of the
Scottish state
• The limits of big Government
• Going small: going local
•...
“Bigging the System”:
Lowest Level of Functional Government
• Very small number of very large councils
• Lowest ratio of c...
Some Comparisons
• Norway: 19 counties and 434 municipalities
(4,676,305)
• Denmark: 98 municipalities and 5 ‘regions’
(5,...
“Bigging the System”: Looking Back
• Scotland 1974: 203 councils; diverse rather than
uniform; 50% local taxation
• Scotla...
Range for Neighbourhood Scores
(2011/12)
• Income deprivation: 3% - 53%
• Crimes per 10,000: 51 – 3,180
• S4 tariff score:...
2002/03 – 2012/13
Government Finance and Demand
2009/10 – 2017/18 (% real terms)
NB. Projected cash cuts from 2016/17 – 2018/19
Going Small: Going Local
• The mantra: co-production; “capacity” building;
social “cohesion”/“coherence”; “assets” based
a...
Small Grants
• Projects or people
• Resourcing challenge; change proposals;
lobbying, etc.
• Bottom up co-production….on t...
Scaleability
• Why?: supporting particular communities on
their terms
• Principles: subordination of expertise to the
comm...
The Role of Big Government
• Macro-economic, fiscal and welfare policy
• Inequality cannot be resolved solely at
community...
End Points
• We need to scale down: go granular
• Supporting communities to shape public
services
• Invest in people….not ...
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A presentation by Colin Mair, the CEO of the Improvement Service to the Scotland Funders Forum's #starterfor10k event

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  1. 1. Scottish Funders Association Being Small in a Big World Colin Mair, CEO, Improvement Service
  2. 2. Scope • Why small matters: the “bigging” of the Scottish state • The limits of big Government • Going small: going local • The better role of big Government
  3. 3. “Bigging the System”: Lowest Level of Functional Government • Very small number of very large councils • Lowest ratio of councillors and councils to population in Europe • Limited fiscal and constitutional empowerment • Low voter turnout: limited confidence
  4. 4. Some Comparisons • Norway: 19 counties and 434 municipalities (4,676,305) • Denmark: 98 municipalities and 5 ‘regions’ (5,515,575) • Finland: 20 ‘regions’ and 342 municipalities (5,255,068)
  5. 5. “Bigging the System”: Looking Back • Scotland 1974: 203 councils; diverse rather than uniform; 50% local taxation • Scotland 1996: 32 councils; uniformity of functions and empowerments; under 20% local taxation • Loss of major functions: public health; community health care; college sector; police and fire services
  6. 6. Range for Neighbourhood Scores (2011/12) • Income deprivation: 3% - 53% • Crimes per 10,000: 51 – 3,180 • S4 tariff score: 79 – 288 • Emergency Admissions per 100,000: 5,812 – 22,794 • Emergency Admissions 65+ per 100,000: 8,602 – 55,769
  7. 7. 2002/03 – 2012/13
  8. 8. Government Finance and Demand 2009/10 – 2017/18 (% real terms) NB. Projected cash cuts from 2016/17 – 2018/19
  9. 9. Going Small: Going Local • The mantra: co-production; “capacity” building; social “cohesion”/“coherence”; “assets” based approaches, etc. • But…. – Affluent communities with good outcomes – The poor value that marginalised communities get from public services – The resource lock: research; policy; training and management support
  10. 10. Small Grants • Projects or people • Resourcing challenge; change proposals; lobbying, etc. • Bottom up co-production….on the communities terms
  11. 11. Scaleability • Why?: supporting particular communities on their terms • Principles: subordination of expertise to the community; inclusion; choice and respect • Solving the public sector problem (universalisation: solving the communities problem (particularisation and intimacy)
  12. 12. The Role of Big Government • Macro-economic, fiscal and welfare policy • Inequality cannot be resolved solely at community level • International comparisons show link between income inequality and other inequalities
  13. 13. End Points • We need to scale down: go granular • Supporting communities to shape public services • Invest in people….not projects
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