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Plans to transfer Argyll and Bute Council’s Community Learning and Development service over to liveArgyll were formally approved at today’s meeting of the full council.
The arrangement comes as part of a leisure theme review that formed 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 liveArgyll mutually agreed that it would be beneficial to transfer Community Learning and Development over to liveArgyll.
‘There are clear similarities between the services that liveArgyll 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 liveArgyll, said there is clear merit in liveArgyll assuming responsibility and delivery for these services.
‘A working group has already been established and plans are at an advanced stage. We have been working hard to ensure that all that all necessary preparations are put in place for services to be smoothly transferred over by June 20this year. This is an exciting time for the liveArgyll team and we look forward to welcoming the Community Learning and Development team on-board,’ he added.
The council will still have overall responsibility for Community Learning and Development but, as part of the transfer, liveArgyll will produce and implement the Community Learning and Development Plan on its behalf.
Argyll and Bute Council approved the implementation of a Leisure and Libraries Charitable Trust in November 2016 and, 11 months later, liveArgyll was officially launched. Delivering a wide range of services including; Libraries, Leisure Facilities, Active Schools, Archives, Halls, Sports Development, Museum, Community Centres and Community Lets.