First Progress Report for Local Improvement Plan
The first annual progress report for the plan which provides a collective vision and focus to ensure that public services work together to ensure Clackmannanshire is a place where everyone can prosper has been published.
The Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP) is a ten year plan agreed by the Clackmannanshire Alliance and contains ambitions which the partners will work to deliver over that period. These are focused on improving local outcomes with a view to reducing those experiencing the greatest disadvantage and inequality.
The Alliance comprises representatives of Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, NHS Forth Valley, Scottish Enterprise, CTSi, Clackmannanshire Business and elected members. The plan has four strategic outcomes:
- Clackmannanshire will be attractive to business and people and ensure fair opportunities for all
- Our families, children and young people will have the best possible start in life
- Women and girls will be confident and aspirational, and achieve their full potential
- Our communities will be resilient and empowered so that they can thrive and flourish
The Council’s Partnership & Performance Committee was given a detailed progress update this week, and heard that performance improved or was consistent in a third of indicators. A number of strategic outcomes were noted in the report, including:
- Employment rates, businesses with over 50 employees and business survival, as well as working age residents’ qualifications and social enterprises. We also performed better than or close to target for 16-19 year old participation, number of businesses, Business Gateway support, and job density.
- Results improved in school exclusions (including for Looked After Children), the rate of Looked After Children, drug & alcohol-related hospital stays & mortality and smoking during pregnancy. Performance was close to or better than target for some perceptions, school attendance (including for Looked After Children), smoking prevalence, health & wellbeing, and life expectancy.
- The average weekly wage for women improved, and there was a reduction in teenage pregnancies (in both the ‘under 16’ and ‘under 20’ groupings).
- A range of partnership activities have taken place which improve outcomes for children and young people living in poverty and women and girls living in Clackmannanshire. This has included work around corporate parenting, parent and family support, domestic abuse, educational attainment, developing the young workforce, tackling poverty and health and wellbeing.
- Implementation of a number of activities are currently underway with focussed work on alcohol and substance misuse, suicide prevention, tackling poverty, inclusive economic growth, City Deal and community learning and development.
Cllr Helen Lewis, Partnership and Performance Convenor, said: “We are determined that everyone in Clackmannanshire has an equal chance to prosper, and this plan provides a clear direction for all the members of the Clackmannanshire Alliance to work towards this outcome. This report outlines the first year of work in a 10 year plan, and so can’t hope to reach every target immediately. However, the report gives a picture of where progress is being made and where work must continue to be focused in the years ahead as issues are encountered and circumstances change.”