East Lothian Council

Council Plan 2017-2022 approved

Published Tuesday 27th June 17

John Muir House

Five year Council Plan approved

Elected Members at today’s (Tuesday 27 June) full Council meeting approved the new five-year Council Plan which sets out the objectives and strategic goals that are key to realising the Council’s vision for East Lothian.

Council Leader, Willie Innes, said:

"This is an ambitious Council Plan which builds upon the ambition and achievements of the 2012-2017 plan. It is set within the context of the continuing financial, demographic and policy challenges faced by the Council. However, it also takes account of the opportunities presented by the platform of policies and achievements created through previous Council Plans and more developments such as the City Region Deal."

The objectives of the Draft Council Plan are:

  • Growing our Economy
  • Growing our People
  • Growing our Communities
  • Growing our Capacity

Cllr Innes continued:

"The Council Plan is not about how East Lothian Council on its own can meet and deliver the diverse needs of the local population but rather recognises how the Council can work in partnership with the people and communities of East Lothian, business, third sector and other public bodies to deliver the solutions that work best for East Lothian. Over the coming five years the Council recognises the importance of developing new ways of working to ensure services are maintained and delivered in the most effective and efficient ways. This will include exploring opportunities offered by advances in digital technology.

"Reducing inequalities within and across or communities is the overarching objective that runs through the whole Plan and there are a number of strategic goals set out that will make the biggest impact in achieving this. We aim to reduce unemployment and improve the employability of our workforce and considerable achievements in this area have already been made through East Lothian Works, the council’s employability service. Within the education service we are putting in place measures to reduce the attainment gap and raise both the attainment and achievement of our children and young people."

"Although local authorities currently face difficult financial circumstances we remain committed to maintaining and delivering high quality public services that are used and valued by local residents. The Council Plan clearly details how we are moving towards achieving these aims and how others can help and support these ambitious objectives."

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