East Lothian Council

Council plan progress showing achievements

Published Tuesday 27th October 15

Council Plan 2012 - 2017

Achievements of five year council plan debated at council

An update on the progress being made on the Council Plan 2012-2017 was presented to today’s (Tuesday 27 October) full council meeting. Working together for a better East Lothian: The East Lothian Council Plan 2012-17 was approved by council in August 2012 and set out the council’s aim of ‘creating a prosperous, safe and sustainable East Lothian that will allow our people to flourish.’

To achieve this aim the plan has four objectives:

  • Growing our economy – to increase sustainable economic growth as the basis for a more prosperous East Lothian
  • Growing our communities – to give people a real say oin the decisions that matter most and provide communities with the housing, transport links, community facilities and environment that will allow them to flourish
  • Growing our people – to give our children the best start in life and protect vulnerable and older people
  • Growing the capacity of our council – to deliver excellent services as effectively and efficiently as possible within our limited resources.

A review of the Council Plan in October 2014 established four key priorities to support the achievement of the Plan:

  • Reducing unemployment
  • Raising attainment
  • Reducing inequalities
  • Supporting community resilience

A review of progress made over the last year has shown that progress is being made on all four priorities.  In order to continue making progress the review has identified key projects and initiatives that will make the biggest contribution to achievement of the Plan over the next two years.

Council Leader, Willie Innes, said:

“The Council Plan was established to give a clear understanding to local residents of the commitments and key priorities of the council to make East Lothian better. It is an ambitious plan and some elements have been challenging to deliver during difficult financial times but I am very pleased with the achievements recorded so far. In particular I welcome the reduction in unemployment, specifically youth employment with the percentage of 18-24 year olds claiming Job Seekers Allowance falling from 5.6% to 3.7% - which is below the Scottish average.”

“Our young people are also benefitting from improvements in positive outcomes for school leavers with the proportion of school leavers entering further or higher education, training or employment rising from 89.9% in 2012/13 to 92.2% in 2013/14. Within schools, students are achieving record attainment levels across qualification levels. The East Lothian Council initiative of ‘academies’ providing students with practical experience within key industries, continues to grow with a new academy for construction trades being established in partnership with Edinburgh College.”

“Another welcome trend is the progress being made by the newly established Health and Social Care Partnership to improve care and services to the elderly and more vulnerable members of our communities. The new Hospital at Home service has greatly improved care packages being delivered at home and reducing the need for admissions to hospital for non-emergency cases.”

“The Council Plan objectives will continue to be reviewed and further prioritisation needs to be given to key policies and actions in order to deliver improvements required but I firmly believe that we are beginning to reap the benefits of considerable hard work carried out by council staff and our key partners.”

 

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