Local living - briefing on 20 minute neighbourhoods
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The Improvement Service has published an Elected Member Briefing on 20 minute neighbourhoods. It explains the key benefits of this living local ambition and how it will apply across all of Scotland, from remote rural communities to towns and cities.  It will be of interest to elected members, officers, stakeholders and beyond.

The principle of a 20 minute neighbourhood is a place-based approach to enable more local living and thereby support everybody’s choices to enhance wellbeing for our people and planet. The Place Programme supports local government and councils to progress Scottish Governments ambition for 20 minute neighbourhoods.

Irene Beautyman, Place Programme lead, explains: “Scottish Government’s ambition is to explore how this emphasis on local living and working could apply in different parts of Scotland. To take account of the differing needs of society and build in equality from the start. This briefing sets out the context behind that exploration examining what they are, what is motivating their adoption, the key features and how we can begin to enable their delivery across Scotland.”

While many parts of Scotland already have some of the features of a 20 minute neighbourhood, there are still too many where the lack of them is an underlying cause of inequalities such as health, access to fair work and poverty. The Programme for Government 2020-21 commits to work with local government to take forward this ambition to radically rethink the places we live in, our homes and our communities as a key part of Scotland’s post COVID-19 recovery.

For further information please contact Irene Beautyman, Planning for Place Programme Manager at the Improvement Service at