External Strategy, Gaelic and Communications
The External Strategy, Gaelic and Communications team comprises:
The Corporate Policy Service consists of the Principal Strategy Manager and the Corporate Policy Officer, within the Chief Executive’s Department. The Corporate Policy Service is responsible for:
- the Comhairle’s Corporate Strategy;
- European Policy and Funding; and
- the administration of E-Sgìre – the Comhairle’s Communities Portal.
The service has:
- in consultation with Corporate Management Team, elected Members, the public and other stakeholders, assisted in the development of a new Corporate Strategy for the period 2017-21;
- aligned the Comhairle’s Corporate Strategy 2017-21 to the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership’s Local Outcome Improvement Plan 2017-27;
- responsibility for reviewing and reporting on the Corporate Strategy on an annual basis; and
- in consultation with Corporate Recovery Team and elected Members, has assisted in the development of the refresh of the Comhairle’s Corporate Strategy 2020-2022: Recovery and Renewal.
Outer Hebrides Local Child Poverty
European Policy and Funding
The service will:
- ensure that the Comhairle and partners secure maximum draw down of EU funds to the region from the EU Structural Funds and the Rural Development Funds 2014-2020;
- participate in and continue to monitor and evaluate European Policy and Programme development and implementation 2014-2020; and
- assist the Comhairle and Highlands and Islands partners in shaping future regional policy, strategies, plans and future regional funding post-Brexit.
The Highlands & Islands European Partnership (HIEP)
The Highlands and Islands European Partnership, of which the Comhairle is a partner, has launched a Position Paper on Regional Policy (790.8kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
UK Shared Prosperity Fund
All-party parliamentary group, Post-Brexit funding for nations, regions and local areas :
Report of an initial inquiry into the UK shared prosperity fund (558.7kB)
Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee
Funding of EU Structural Fund Priorities in Scotland, post-Brexit - Finance and Constitution Committee’s Call for Views (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
e-Sgìre (Opens in a new window or downloads a file): a hub for community information and opinion across the Western Isles.
Principal Strategy Manager
Tel: 01851 822616 (Internal: 211218)
Corporate Policy Officer
Tel: 01851 822830 (Internal: 211010)
The Energy and Strategy Service consists of the Strategy Manager and Strategy Officer within the Chief Executive’s Department.
The Energy and Strategy Service is responsible for the following areas:
- Renewable Energy
- Strategic Projects
The Energy and Strategy Unit leads the Comhairle's Renewable Energy development and promotional efforts, with a view to maximising the socio-economic benefits for the islands from our renewable resources. Activities include lobbying and consultation on grid connection issues, support to commercial and community developers, supply chain development, development of local energy supply and the identification of new energy sector opportunities for the islands.
We also facilitate the progression of other energy related work to the benefit of the local community, including: involvement in European Renewable Energy projects, sourcing funding for low carbon projects particularly around transport and hydrogen opportunities, and co-ordination of the Outer Hebrides Fuel Poverty Strategy & Action Plan.
The Unit is involved in a range of other projects that contribute to the Comhairle’s corporate priorities:
- Delivery of the Stornoway Vision (6.9MB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).
- Development of a Local Transport Strategy
- Islands Deal & National Islands Plan
- Crown Estate Scotland Local Asset Management Pilot Scheme
Tel: 01851 822693 (Internal: 211397)
Tel: 01851 822616 (Internal: 211318)
The Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership (OHCPP) Service consists of the Community Partnership Coordinator and Administrative Officer, within the Chief Executive’s Department.
The Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership (OHCPP) comprises a wide range of public agency partners and community and third sector bodies who work together to deliver our collective ambitions for the future of our islands. The Comhairle is represented on the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership’s Board by Elected Members, the Chief Executive and the Principal Strategy Manager.
The vision of the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership is to promote and realise the full potential of the Outer Hebrides as a prosperous, well-educated and healthy community enjoying a good quality of life, fully appreciating the benefits of our natural environment and cultural values.
Community Planning is about public agencies working together with the Community to plan and deliver better services which make a difference to people’s lives.
In 2015 the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 placed a duty on Community Planning Partners to prepare and publish a Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (LOIP) which sets out local priorities, aims, objectives and projected outcomes.
The Local Outcome Improvement Plan (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) and annual LOIP Progress Review for 2018/19 (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) are available on the OHCPP Website. Agendas,Minutes and Reports can be accessed.
The Comhairle supports the work of the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership through the Community Partnership Coordinator and also provides the secretariat.
Community Partnerships Coordinator
Tel: 01851 822796 (Internal: 211222)
Steven G Ferguson
Tel: 01851 822613 (Internal: 211306)