East Lothian Council

East Lothian Partnership: reducing inequalities

Published Thursday 23rd February 17

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Partnership working showing results

The East Lothian Partnership has published its performance report for the year 2015-16, highlighting the successes of partners working together, and also areas where more work is needed.

The Partnership consists of 22 organisations which represent a range of public services, the business community, local communities and the social and voluntary sector. It is a Community Planning Partnership and aims through joint working to reduce inequalities within and across East Lothian’s communities.

Among the highlights of the Report are:

  • improving numbers of people in work
  • a growing number of businesses in East Lothian
  • increased pedestrian numbers in our town centres
  • secondary schools whose catchments included areas of greatest deprivation showed strong increases in attainment levels
  • increasing numbers of older people enabled to live in their own home (above the Scottish average)
  • reduction in the rates of crimes of violence and sexual crimes
  • record numbers of visits to sports and leisure facilities and an increase in the number of classes offered as modified “low impact” sessions - suitable for older people and people recovering from long-term health conditions
  • increasing quality of urban greenspace
  • 97% of people in East Lothian have confidence in their ability to do things well.
  • a Family Focus project in Musselburgh, aimed at delivering better outcomes for vulnerable families by working together to make the best use of resources and assets that the partners collectively invest in a small number of families;
  • the East Lothian Poverty Commission, which began in February 2016 and reported its findings in October 2016
  • the completion of strategic Area Plans by the six Area Partnerships in East Lothian, with a broad range of initiatives based on local needs.
Councillor Willie Innes, speaking as Chair of the East Lothian Partnership, said: 

“The East Lothian Partnership is a collaboration of public, community and private sector organisations that together are making great progress on key priorities aimed at improving the wellbeing of people in the county. This report shows the progress we’ve made and the value of working together. However a number of challenges still remain, and the Partnership continues in our commitment to deliver the best possible outcomes for the people of East Lothian.”

Further details about East Lothian Partnership and the East Lothian Plan Performance Report 2015/16 can be found online via this link: http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/200135/community_planning/1750/the_east_lothian_plan_soa_201323/2

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