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As lockdown restrictions ease and many of us are enjoying some more freedom, the ongoing economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis on businesses, communities and families are becoming more apparent. Clackmannanshire Council members, at their last meeting on 25th June, heard about a number of approaches that aim to support economic recovery locally.
One of these approaches is a project that the Council is undertaking in partnership with the Scottish Government. This project is looking at how we can develop what is known as a ‘wellbeing economy’. A wellbeing economy is one which success is measured less by how much money is being generated but more by how individuals and communities are thriving. The Scottish Government has been working towards these ideas for some time at a national level and is working with Clackmannanshire Council to look at how they can be put into practice at a local level.
Council Leader Ellen Forson said, “I’m delighted to be working with the Scottish Government on this project at such a critical time. Clackmannanshire has faced economic challenges for some time and the Council had set out its 10 year plan to work towards addressing these before the crisis. Now we have a fantastic opportunity to work towards an economic recovery which delivers sustainable inclusive growth, empowers our families and communities and delivers on health and wellbeing.”
As part of this work the Council, the Government and the Clackmannanshire Business Support Partnership have launched a survey for local businesses. Business are being encouraged to take time to complete the survey as it’s an opportunity to influence both local and national policy on the support for businesses.
Fiona Chambers, Director of local family business SV24-7 Vending said, “Many of us have received support through the Government and the Council during the coronavirus crisis so it's a good opportunity to feedback on how that support has impacted and what we might need going forward.”