Corporate Policy

External Strategy, Gaelic and Communications

The External Strategy, Gaelic and Communications team comprises:

Corporate Policy

Communications

Sgioba na Gàidhlig 

Energy and Strategy Unit 

Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership

Corporate Policy

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.

Corporate Strategy

Corporate Strategy 2017-21

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 

Outer Hebrides Local Child Poverty Action Report 2019 – 2020 (1014.6kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

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.

EU exit – what you need to know (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

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)

A Note on the Financing of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (414.3kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)  

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)

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Response to the  Call for Views (311.1kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

All Responses to the Inquiry (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

E-Sgìre

e-Sgìre (Opens in a new window or downloads a file): a hub for community information and opinion across the Western Isles.

Contacts

Angus Murray

Principal Strategy Manager
Tel: 01851 822616 (Internal: 211218) 

e-mail: angus-murray@cne-siar.gov.uk

Linda Cunningham

Corporate Policy Officer
Tel: 01851 822830 (Internal: 211010)
e-mail: Linda.cunningham@cne-siar.gov.uk

Energy and Strategy Unit

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

Renewable Energy

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.

Strategic Projects

The Unit is involved in a range of other projects that contribute to the Comhairle’s corporate priorities:

Contacts

John Cunningham

Strategy Manager
Tel: 01851 822693 (Internal: 211397)
e-mail: jcunningham@cne-siar.gov.uk

Anne Murray

Strategy Officer
Tel: 01851 822616 (Internal: 211318) 
e-mail: amurray@cne-siar.gov.uk

Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership

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 Planning

Contacts

Abbe Farrell

Community Partnerships Coordinator 
Tel: 01851 822796 (Internal: 211222) 
e-mail: Abbe.farrell@cne-siar.gov.uk

Steven G Ferguson

Administrative Officer
Tel: 01851 822613 (Internal: 211306) 
e-mail: steven.ferguson@cne-siar.gov.uk