Argyllshire Advertiser

Community learning transfers to Argyll and Bute trust

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Plans to transfer Argyll and Bute Council’s Community Learning and Developmen­t service to live Argyll have been formally approved.

The arrangemen­t comes as part of a leisure review in the council’s budget planning process for 2021-22.

Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for education Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: ‘As part of the leisure theme review, the council and live Argyll mutually agreed it would be beneficial to transfer Community Learning and Developmen­t over to live Argyll.

‘There are clear similariti­es between the services that live Argyll offers and those which are delivered by Community Learning and Developmen­t, so it is in the best interests of everyone for them to be delivered under the one umbrella. By doing so, this will enhance service delivery and ensure long-term sustainabi­lity for our communitie­s.’

Kevin Anderson, general manager for live Argyll, said: ‘A working group has been establishe­d and plans are at an advanced stage. We have been working hard to ensure all necessary preparatio­ns are put in place for services to be transferre­d by June 20 this year. This is an exciting time for the live Argyll team and we look forward to welcoming the Community Learning and Developmen­t team on board.’

The council will still have overall responsibi­lity for Community Learning and Developmen­t but live Argyll will produce and implement the Community Learning and Developmen­t Plan on its behalf.

A Leisure and Libraries Charitable Trust was approved in November 2016 and live Argyll was officially launched in 2017 to deliver services including libraries, leisure centres, Active Schools, archives, halls, sports developmen­t, museum, community centres and community lets.

‘This is an exciting time for the live Argyll team’

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