24. As with membership, the ethos of equal contributions from each constituent authority will also apply to financial support for the SDPA. For the purposes of employment law and financial accountability, one local authority within the SDPA should act as the employing authority with financial contributions from all constituent authorities being channelled through that authority.
25. The duty to prepare strategic development plans replaces an existing requirement to prepare structure plans and therefore is not a wholly new function. We therefore anticipate a redistribution of resources rather than a requirement for significant additional spending. However the Scottish Government has identified some additional resources to assist SDPAs with start-up costs, further details of which are being made available separately.