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New partnership to improve support to the Public Sector

The Improvement Service (IS) and the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) have come together to align priorities and resources to improve support to Scotland’s public sector bodies in tackling climate change. 

SSN, which has a base at ECCI, is Scotland’s public sector network on sustainability and climate change.

The Improvement Service (IS), is the 'go to' organisation for Local Government improvement in Scotland.

The SSN Secretariat and the Improvement Service have been working closely over the past 18 months to deliver a range of support including briefings, workshops and research.

Over the summer the Improvement Service’s Climate Change Transformation Manager will work part-time in the SSN Secretariat to develop this activity, supporting a number of strategic projects including the SSN Local Authority Forum, the Climate Emergency Leaders Checklist, various Officer Working Groups, enhanced data analysis, and developing the SSN online Net Zero manual. 

“Collaboration is key to tackling climate change." Judi Kilgallon, Climate Change Transformation Manager at the Improvement Service

"We have already been working closely with the SSN secretariat and the network itself to deliver practical and relevant support to councils. We are delighted to be implementing this partnership and look forward to continuing to develop our relationship with SSN, COSLA and SOLACE to ensure officers and Elected Members get the support they need to deliver Net Zero.”

George Tarvit, Director of SSN, said: “SSN is all about collaborating to succeed, and I am delighted that we have the opportunity to deepen collaboration between the SSN Secretariat and the Improvement Service. Judi Kilgallon will bring important skills and experience to the SSN team at an important time, while allowing us to make better use of our limited resources to improve support to SSN members and public sector organisations throughout Scotland. This is an excellent example of collaboration to improve impact, designed to provide better support to SSN members and their colleagues in local government and the wider public sector”.

The IS Climate Change Transformation Manager joined the SSN Secretariat at the start of July and the initial phase of this new partnership will run through to the end of September.

Sustainable Scotland Network

As Scotland’s all-public-sector network specialising in sustainability and climate change, SSN supports all major public bodies as they work towards net zero emission targets by 2045.