SURF e-bulletin Jan 2017
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SURF's January e-bulletin: All the latest news

Hello Phil. This month, we hope you will: learn about our plans for 2017; note our new web/email addresses; read the latest Alliance for Action learning report; revisit the outcomes of the 2016 SURF Awards; and keep up-to-date with the latest news & events in Scottish community regeneration.

New Year, New Plans

2017 is SURF's 25th anniversary and we are planning to do even more to promote practice and influence policy.

SURF's Alliance for Action programme supports community-regional-national regeneration interactions in several communities of focus. It aims to expand by establishing three new delivery sites and a Scotland-wide public sector connector initiative. The programme uses accrued learning to inform enhanced local government approaches to community regeneration. 

We will also continue to influence policy based on our well-received 2016 Manifesto for Community Regeneration. Some of its recommendations, including a Socio Economic Duty and a South of Scotland Enterprise Agency, are set to become implemented, and we will be working closely with policy development and consultation processes.

Our national events programme will feature SURF Awards workshop events in May and a high-profile Annual Conference in August, with an enhanced Funding Cafe based on positive feedback from last year's event.

SURF members will receive a full 2017 activities plan in information packs distributed in early February.

Alliance for Action Lessons

We have published a new report, entitled SURF's Alliance for Action: The Shared Learning Benefits.

The paper captures the practical learning that local community participants in the current Alliance for Action sites of Govan, East Kirkcaldy and Rothesay have benefited from. It also sets out the value of the programme for participating local authorities and national agencies, in addition to wider regeneration stakeholders across Scotland.

The report clarifies SURF's Alliance for Action role in studying and supporting local initiatives, identifying and recording local skills & knowledge, collating and presenting local information to a wider audience, and organising events & activities that encourage productive local-national engagement on regeneration aspirations.

Among other outcomes, the paper confirms that: community participants describe Alliance initiatives as valuable & educational; study visits to Alliance sites have helped to inform future policy and investments; and SURF's 'honest broker' role has brought previously antagonised parties together for open and constructive discussion. 

Please click here to download the full report.
  • The historically significant Land Rights & Responsibilities consultation is open (link);
  • Glasgow and Fife may host basic income pilots (link);
  • SURF comments on planned job centre closures in deprived parts of Glasgow (link);
  • A Dundee Courier SURF Awards feature explores Lochgelly's 'worst to best' story (link);
  • The Andy Wightman memorial lecture for former SURF Chair Stephen Maxwell has been published in full (link);
  • Community Planning guidance notes relating to the Community Empowerment Act have been published (link);
  • The Scot Govt are consulting on the future of the Scottish Planning System (link);
  • Read our summary of the regeneration commitments in the Scot Govt 17/18 draft budget (link);
  • The Scot Parliament Cross Party Group on Health Inequalities is exploring links with the built environment (link);
  • A collaborative event on places & spaces for health & wellbeing takes place in Glasgow in April (link);
  • 2016 in towns: a Scotland's Towns Partnership review (link);
  • East Ren. Council have opened a consultation on main local issues & future development (link).
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Our Online Home

Since our 1992 formation, we have always been known as SURF. This month, we have taken the opportunity presented by the growing popularity of the 'dot scot' internet domain to secure a new digital home that reflects this.

The SURF website - and its regular news, online magazine and resource archive - can now be found at:

Similarly, the staff team have new email addresses: Please update your contacts and bookmarks accordingly.

2016 SURF Awards Summary

Congratulations again to the four overall winners of the 2016 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration, as announced by Local Government and Housing Minister Kevin Stewart last month. They are:

Creative Regeneration: The Stove Network (Dumfries)

Youth Employability: Street League

Community Led Regeneration: Tomintoul & Glenlivet Regeneration Project (Moray)

Scotland's Most Improved Town: 
Lochgelly (Fife)

Please click here to download the 2016 SURF Awards publication, which profiles all winning & shortlisted projects.

Project managers will be joining us for a series of SURF Awards learning workshops in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Paisley in May. Booking details will be available in next month's e-bulletin.

The 2016 SURF Awards was delivered by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government, and with support from Architecture & Design Scotland, Creative Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scotland's Towns Partnership, and Skills Development Scotland. The 2017 SURF Awards will open for applications in June.
  • SURF is developing a complementary intiative to SIMD: a SIMAA assets & aspirations index (link);
  • The Scot Govt is making first use of new welfare powers to increase frequency of payments (link);
  • 2017 is Scotland's Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology (link);
  • Planning is underway to establish a new South of Scotland Enterprise agency (link); 
  • Transport Scotland are consulting on Scotland's National Transport Strategy (link);
  • An IFS report on inequality published today highlights the growth in low paid part-time work (link);
  • In response, the Poverty Alliance claims the IFS report is more evidence for "urgent action" (link);
  • Visit Scotland's development framework hopes to lead to £16bn tourism investment in next 3yrs (link);
  • Scottish GPs demand more funding for services in deprived places (link);
  • More Scottish places urged to join Perth & Paisley for 2021 City of Culture bid (link);
  • Bright future predicted for Coldside in Dundee (link);
  • Will a "populist political era" change city development? (link);
  • How do you build a town from scratch? Five expert views (link).
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