Supporting & Enabling Sustainable Communities: An Action Plan to Address Depopulation

This Action Plan newly establishes a strategic policy position for Scottish Government around addressing depopulation and maps a range of new and existing supportive activity being undertaken across Scottish Government and by local and regional delivery partners.

The Scottish Government set out actions to take forward at both a local and national level, to address the very real challenges Scotland faces as a result of depopulation. It puts firm action into place which establishes depopulation as a priority area of focus for the Scottish Government and will enable them, over time, to achieve their aim of a sustainable distribution of our population, in a way that works for places and enables local ambitions for change. The Scottish Government is committed to taking a genuine partnership approach to the development and delivery of the Action Plan, which is why they have engaged with a wide range of local, regional, and national stakeholders to ensure that this plan is collaborative, coherent, and reflects action which can be taken from community to national level in order to best support communities to thrive.

Inspiralba’s work on attracting and retaining young people through access and progression routes is highlighted, as is work by Development Trust Association Scotland and Mull and Iona Community Trust, demonstrating the important role of social enterprises in sustaining our rural and island communities.

 

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