East Lothian Council

Working in partnership brings results

Published Friday 9th February 18

Planning together

The East Lothian Partnership has published its performance report for the year 2016-17, highlighting its key achievements over the year and identifying some of its future ambitions.

The East Lothian Partnership consists of 22 organisations which represent a range of public services, the business community, local communities and the social and voluntary sector. The overarching aim of the Partnership is to facilitate partners together to reduce inequalities within and across East Lothian’s communities.

Partnership achievements during 2016/17 included:

  • Delivering initiatives aimed at increasing the number of 16-19 year olds participating in education, training or employability – bringing the participation rate up to 93.1% of 16-19 year olds
  • Setting up a Construction & Technology Centre in Musselburgh to help address a skills shortage in the construction sector
  • Developing an East Lothian Food and Drink Business Improvement District
  • Delivery of the East Lothian Poverty Commission Action Plan
  • Running a North Berwick Town Centre Charrette to involve local people in developing ideas to enhance the town centre
  • Continuing to support the East Lothian Champions Board to provide opportunities for care experienced young people to have more say in decisions affecting them
  • Developing a new Children’s Services Corporate Parenting Plan
  • Embedding the Family Nurse Partnership to support first time young mothers during pregnancy and until their child turns two
  • Steady improvement to the performance in relation to hospital delayed discharges
  • A reduction in the number of accidental dwelling fires
  • The introduction of dedicated Police Youth Community Officers to work with pupils and staff in East Lothian schools
  • Increasing use of parks, countryside sites and open spaces
  • increasing the number of affordable homes completed, significantly exceeding the target set for 2016/17
  • The implementation of Area Plans by the six Area Partnerships in East Lothian, resulting in the delivery of a broad range of initiatives based on local needs

Councillor Norman Hampshire, Acting Chair of the East Lothian Partnership said: 

“This report highlights an impressive set of achievements – for example initiatives aimed at increasing education, training or employability opportunities for young people and delivering the East Lothian Poverty Commission Action Plan.”

“I’m delighted by the enthusiasm and commitment of our partners including a range of public sector organisations, businesses, local communities and the third sector.”

“Effective partnership working is key to realising our ambition to reduce inequalities across and within our communities.”

Annette Bruton, Vice Chair of the Partnership, highlighted the continuing success of Area Partnerships in engaging local communities:

“Our six local Area Partnerships continue to evolve new and innovative ways of working, bringing local communities together with a shared aim, namely improving lives and reducing inequalities. Budgets of around £1.85 million were devolved to Area Partnerships during 2016/17, giving them a real say in the delivery of local services and initiatives”.

Download further details about East Lothian Partnership and the East Lothian Plan Performance Report 2016/17

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