Council priorities and commitments

We've agreed five priorities and related commitments that provide a focus for the services we deliver.

Our priorities and commitments are:

Build the local economy

  • Improve the level of skills within our communities and workforce
  • Support our small and medium sized businesses to be established and grow
  • Invest in our key infrastructure
  • Provide an attractive location to do business

Provide the best start in life for all our children

  • Ensure early intervention, in particular to keep our region's most vulnerable children safe
  • Invest in creating schools fit for the 21st century which are at the heart of our communities
  • Raise ambition and attainment, in particular to address inequalities
  • Support children to be healthy and active

Protect our most vulnerable people

  • Tackle the causes and effects of inequality and poverty
  • Help older or vulnerable people live healthy and independent lives
  • Ensure older or vulnerable people receive the care and support they need
  • Keep our communities safe

Be an inclusive council

  • Ensure that local people and communities are at the heart of our decision making
  • Empower our communities to make the most of their assets
  • Increase equality of opportunity

Urgently respond to climate change and transition to a carbon neutral region  

  • Encourage understanding of how the way we live and work in the region impacts on climate change  
  • Empower our communities and stakeholders to make significant changes to reduce emissions and adapt to a low carbon approach  
  • Lead on the transition to cleaner and greener technologies  
  • Promote and protect our region's natural environment  
  • Contribute to a greener economy, maximising the region's green energy potential

Delivering our priorities and commitments

The Council Plan sets out the approach we're taking to ensure our services and activities deliver our ambitions over the next few years.

A number of strategies, plans and policies are in place to help us deliver our vision:

You can find out more about our progress and performance:

Page last updated: 17/04/2023
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