Changing Dundee content The City Plan for Dundee 2017-2026 - our Local Outcome Improvement Plan - replaces our Single Outcome Agreement for Dundee and is different from any previous community plan. Strategic assessment and consultation with our communities has enabled the Dundee Partnership to make an honest appraisal of where Dundee is as a city and where the Partnership is in terms of meeting the needs of our communities. It has been critical in identifying the top priorities which the Partnership has agreed to focus on going forward, and which are presented in this section of the plan. A) Fair Work & Enterprise Key Strategic Documents Tay Cities Regional Economic Strategy 2019-2039 Dundee's Employability Strategy Current Position Under Fair Work and Enterprise, our overarching objective will be to coordinate Dundee’s contribution to delivery of the Tay Cities Regional Economic Strategy 2017-2037 and underpinning Tay Cities Deal. Our ambition is for the Tay Cities economic region to have one of the most productive knowledge-led economies in Europe, ensuring that by becoming smarter, the region also becomes fairer. Much has already been achieved in recent years to transform the Dundee economy and ensure it is a catalyst for growth in the wider region. However, the scale of challenge facing Dundee and the wider region is considerable. Relative to the Scottish Average Economic activity and employment rates are lowerIn Dundee only 71.5% of working age people are economically active compared to the Scottish average of 76.7%. (NOMIS Jan-Dec 2016). The gap between Dundee and Scotland in terms of employment rate is even more pronounced. 66.4% of working age people are employed compared to a Scottish average of 73%. (NOMIS Jan-Dec 2016) Employment growth is slowerWhile the number of jobs in Scotland has grown by 5% since 2010, job numbers in Dundee have only risen by 1%. This may be a reflection of Dundee’s higher level of dependence on public sector employment where there is ongoing jobs contraction Unemployment is higherUnemployment in Dundee at 7.3% is considerably higher than the Scottish average of 5.0% (NOMIS Jan-Dec 2016) Wage levels are lowerWorkers in Dundee have average wages of £419 per week compared to a Scottish average of £434, whilst average wage levels of city residents are even lower at £404 Regional productivity rates are lowerProductivity at £38,801 per worker is slightly below the Scottish average of £39,624 but with surrounding authorities in the Tay Cities Region having productivity levels of 10-20% lower than Scotland, the overall Region underperforms in terms of economic output Lower share of growth sector jobsDespite Dundee’s success in a number of key sectors, the overall share of growth sector jobs is 18% compared to a Scottish average of 28%. The economy remains overly dependent on public and private service sector jobs and more investment is needed to create growth sector employment The challenges around worklessness are particularly profound in Dundee: Dundee has a youth unemployment rate of 19.5% (NOMIS Jan-Dec 2016, age range 16-24) Dundee has twice the Scottish rate of male youth unemployment (NOMIS Jan-Dec 2016) Over 40% of JSA claimants in Dundee have been claiming for over a year 22% of JSA claimants aged over 25 in Dundee have been claiming for over two years Our Priorities By focusing on inclusive growth and tackling the challenges Dundee and the wider region faces around innovation, internationalisation and connectivity, we are determined to achieve the following: Raise productivity to above the Scottish averageAcross the region, Gross Value Added (GVA) per employee is almost £5,700 lower than the Scottish average - a 13% gap. Whilst the gap is smaller in Dundee, we aim to increase GVA to above the Scottish average to help drive up productivity in the region as a whole. To increase regional GVA per employee to the current Scottish average would generate an additional £900 million of GVA per annum for the Scottish economy. Close the jobs gapThe region has fewer people of working age in employment than Scotland as a whole-around 1.5% lower. This gap is almost exclusively driven by an employment rate in Dundee which is 6.6% below the Scottish average.To close this gap we need to encourage at least 4,700 people in the region of working age into employment by providing more jobs. The majority of this target will need to be met through supporting more of the city’s inactive people into employment. We will achieve this by: Encouraging more people of working age to move into paid employment Securing more jobs-focused inward investment Encouraging SME growth Upskilling our workforce to take advantage of new employment opportunities* Upskilling and reskilling our workforce to fill existing and projected vacancies across the public and private sectors Reduce unemploymentThe average unemployment rate across the region is currently 6.6% compared with the Scottish average of 5.0%. The rate in Dundee is 7.3% which contributes considerably to the regional problem. To reduce our unemployment rate by 1.1 percentage points, some 2,600 people who are currently unemployed will be helped back into work through implementing the actions set out in the regional economic strategy and this plan over the next 10 years. To make a lasting difference we need to prevent people from becoming long-term unemployed and target our interventions in those communities where individuals and families experience multiple deprivation. Delivering the outcomes relating to Fair Work and Enterprise will require investment in a range of priority actions that can only be delivered through effective partnership working and the pooling of resources. The Tay Cities DealInclusive growth is the fundamental purpose of the Tay Cities Deal that was presented to the UK and Scottish Governments in early 2017, asserting that our economic region has the potential to be one of the most productive, knowledge-led economies in Europe. Social outcomes are incorporated alongside economic goals with a commitment to ensure that as we become smarter we also become fairer by creating equality of opportunity for all. This once in a generation opportunity aims to transform the prosperity of the people, businesses and economies of Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross and North East Fife. It will achieve this through a ten year programme to grow businesses, attract inward investment and contribute to regional, Scottish and UK growth. The Tay Cities Deal can generate an additional £900 million per annum for the Scottish economy and create up to 15,000 jobs over the ten year life of the programme. The WaterfrontAlmost 20 years since the first masterplan was agreed, the physical and economic impact of the £1 billion Dundee Waterfront project is undeniable. The green avenue and boulevards from the Caird Hall through Slessor Gardens will reconnect the city to the Waterfront in a stunning space that will be dominated by the award-winning V&A Museum of Design Dundee. The V&A is due to open in 2018 and will be the only design museum in the UK outside London. It is expected to attract over 275,000 visitors every year. The rail station is being rebuilt to provide a modern arrival point with a 120 bed hotel above. New hotels, leisure and residential outlets are signing up to complete the area. The rest of the Waterfront project stretches 8km along the River Tay offering contrasting opportunities in City Quay, Riverside, Seabraes and the Dundee Port. Notable among these is the redevelopment of Shed 25 to provide office suites and leisure facilities overlooking the HMS Unicorn visitor attraction and the proposed marina. Focus on Sectoral Strengths and OpportunitiesThe regional approach is to focus our activities over the next 20 years around a number of key sectoral strengths; life sciences, healthcare, digital technology, tourism and hospitality and creative industries. These have been selected to reflect sectors which already have potential for future growth, or are sectors in which we have some specific regional expertise and there is a significant opportunity for growth provided we secure additional private and public sector investment. Decommissioning and RenewablesA key Tay Cities Deal initiative is the formation of Dundeecom, a new private/public sector partnership aimed at creating a major centre for oil and gas decommissioning at the Port of Dundee. Working closely with Forth Ports, the project seeks to establish the Port as a multi-disciplinary, internationally recognised centre of excellence in the practice of and research into this emerging new industry. It will establish Dundee Port as the predominant decommissioning ‘capital’ for the UK. A significant number of new jobs will be created, ranging from semi-skilled and skilled to professional, academic and managerial. Work to realise the aims and objectives of Dundeecom is already well underway. Improvements have already been made to the infrastructure at the Port of Dundee, such as new road access, and other improvements will be completed next year, such as the £10m project to create ultra-high capacity quaysides. Forth Ports have recently formed a partnership with Augean to provide an end-to-end integrated decommissioning service for the oil & gas industry and are actively bidding for contracts currently being tendered. The Tay Cities Region is already contributing significantly to renewable electricity and heat generation and we now have an ambition to achieve a step-change shift to a low carbon, regional economy that will establish our area at the leading edge of Eco-Innovation. Through this element of the Tay Cities Deal, we will stimulate greater growth and business innovation, and support renewables, Food and Drink, Oil and Gas and Tourism sectors, helping to make Dundee – and Scotland – a greener and cleaner place. EmployabilityPromoting inclusive growth that helps to tackle the deep-rooted inequalities that affect some of our citizens will be a priority. In 2015/2016, the Dundee Partnership undertook a major review ofEmployability provision in the city and the recommendations have helped to shape the outcomes and priority actions in this plan. There will be a particular focus on tackling long term unemployment, helping our young people to engage in positive activity and enabling those in entry level jobs to progress to better paid fairemployment which lifts them out of the risk of in-work poverty. We will develop multi-agency community based hubs in the North and North East of the city. These hubs will enable employability support to be delivered at a community level to those people who are least likely to engage with city centre based services. The hubs will also offer support with tackling some of the most commonly encountered personal barriers that prevent people making progress towards work. Cultural DevelopmentThe benefits associated with Dundee’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2017 have been widely recognised and real momentum has been achieved in creative and cultural development and regeneration in the city. These offer real potential to grow the visitor economy and create employment opportunities in new and existing tourism related businesses. Dundee is preparing a bid to be a European Capital of Culture in 2023 - another sign of the confidence and ambition in the city and a tribute to the success of our culture-led regeneration to date. This will build on the proud achievement of Dundee being designated as the UK’s first City of Design by the United Nations. The city received this recognition from UNESCO for its diverse contributions to fields including medical research, comics and video games. Dundee is part of a select group of 22 global cities including Beijing, Turin, Shenzhen, Graz, Berlin and Montreal. What Action Will We Take? B) Children and Families Key Strategic Documents Tayside Plan for Children, Young People & Families 2017-2020 Current Position2015 figures estimate that there are 26,729 children and young people (aged 0-17 years) living in Dundee. This represents 18% of our total population of 148,270. It is projected that the number aged 0-17 years will increase by 8.4% between 2016 and 2039 compared to an overall projected population growth of 5.8% National and local data and research tell us that: Children and young people living in poverty often have poorer outcomes than their more affluent peers Deprivation is a significant issue for our children and young people, with almost half in Dundee living in the 20% most deprived areas in Scotland. 43.4% (11,665) of Dundee children and young people live in the 20% most deprived areas There is a strong correlation between deprivation and teenage pregnancy, with Dundee having much higher rates of teenage pregnancies than the Scottish average. A teenage female living in the most deprived areas is 5 times as likely to experience a pregnancy as someone living in the least deprived We have a significant number of children and young people (592) who are Looked After. The majority (92%) of these are cared for in family settings and the rest live in Children’s Homes or other residential placements Child Protection - The number of children on the Child Protection Register in Dundee is 3.4 per 1,000. Domestic abuse, neglect and parental substance misuse are the most common child protection issues Substance misuse - Children and young people are affected both by their own substance misuse and by parental substance misuse. The early initiation of substance misuse is a significant issue Childhood healthy weight - Having a healthy weight is important to all people, especially children, to optimise their wellbeing Mental Health and Wellbeing - Children and young people experience a range of mental health problems which vary in severity. Research by the Social Research Unit showed that 10% (2,062) ofchildren and young people self-report feelings of worry, unhappiness and potentially diagnosable psychosomatic complaints Young Carers - an often under-reported part of our community who provide a vital source of support to their families who may, through illness or disability, be finding it difficult to cope Our Priorities Our Vision is that: "Our children and young people have the best start in life and Dundee is the best place in Scotland to grow up” Five key priorities have been identified. We believe that addressing these will help realise our vision for children and young people and make Dundee the best place in Scotland to grow up: Our children will have the best start in life, they will be cared for and supported to learn in nurturing environments Our children, young people and families will be meaningfully engaged with learning, and, combined with high quality learning experiences, all children and young people will extend their potential Our children and young people will be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy Our children and young people who experience particular inequalities and disadvantage will achieve health, wellbeing and educational outcomes comparable with all other children and young people Our children and young people will be safe and protected from harm at home, school and in the community These priorities have been incorporated into a Tayside Plan for Children, Young People and Families 2017-20 which covers the three Community Planning areas of Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross and also includes a range of actions, eight areas of regional collaboration and a performance framework. Key priorities include: Closing the attainment gapOne of the most significant and influential inequalities in Dundee is the attainment gap. As a result of the deprivation experienced by many families in the city, the Scottish Government has recognised that additional investment is required to help some of our children reach their full educational potential. Together with the Pupil Equity Fund, schools in Dundee are participating in the Scottish Attainment Challenge to fund early intervention in early years, primary and secondary settings. The Dundee Attainment Challenge Plan sets out an integrated, multi-agency approach to closing the equity gap. It focuses on schools where 70% or more of the children live in community regeneration areas. This group of children have received, as appropriate, additional universal and targeted interventions designed to accelerate their attainment and achievement. The key drivers for change have been agreed as: Tackling poverty; Raising educational attainment; and Improving poor health (including problems caused by drugs and alcohol). To close the attainment gap, it will be necessary to tackle all these areas simultaneously. The programme is designed to achieve long term social and educational transformation and is being delivered at a strategic, operational and community level with Health, Local Community Planning Partnerships and the third sector, building on the existing positive relationships and model of strong partnership and multi-agency working. Inequalities, early years and adult servicesThere will be a focus on reducing inequalities by targeting support towards the early years and addressing issues which, throughout childhood, can act as barriers to children and young people achieving their full potential. It also includes a focus on links with relevant adult services. Progress on our priorities with be achieved through five Delivery Groups that will continue existing services and develop new ones based on evidence that shows them to be more likely to reduce disadvantage, develop health & wellbeing, and promote attainment. These Delivery Groups will progress a range of other actions that will directly or indirectly contribute to Early Years; Education 5-18+; Health and Additional Special Needs; Promoting Fairness; and Child Protection. What Action Will We Take? C) Health, Care & Wellbeing Key Strategic Documents Dundee Health and Social Care Strategic and Commissioning Plan Dundee Drug and Alcohol Services Strategic and Commissioning Plan Current Position Life ExpectancyDundee has the second lowest life expectancy in Scotland. Although this has increased over the last 10 years it remains low in comparison to the rest of Scotland and is almost 2 years lower than the Scottish average (male life expectancy in Dundee is 75.1 years compared to 77.1 years in Scotland, female Life expectancy in Dundee is 80.1 years compared to 81.1 years in Scotland, NRS: Life expectancy for Administrative Areas within Scotland 2013-2015). Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy vary substantially by deprivation level. Substance misuse disproportionately affects the most vulnerable and socio-economically deprived in our community and is associated with other aspects of adversity, including mental health problems, crime, domestic violence and child neglect and abuse. Substance misuse is therefore recognised both at national and local level as a major public health issue and an issue of health equity. There are other lifestyle factors which have a negative impact on life expectancy and health, and whose prevalence is also deprivation related. Smoking, an unhealthy diet and obesity are all more prevalent in the most deprived communities. People whose lifestyles include all or some of these factors will, in general, have poorer health. Other key social indicators, such as poor sexual health and wellbeing and teenage pregnancy rates are also linked directly to deprivation. ObesitySince 1980 there has been a 2 fold increase in child and adolescent obesity in Scotland and a 6 fold increase in adult obesity. Estimates of adult overweight and obesity show that Tayside has a higher prevalence than Scotland as a whole. The underlying trend in Scotland is increasing and shows a strong link with inequalities, therefore it is reasonable to conclude that the prevalence of overweight and obesity is high in Dundee. In 2013/14 (when obesity was one of reported conditions in the Quality Outcome Framework) obesity was the long term condition with the third highest prevalence for people in Dundee. Statistics are collated for childhood obesity at Primary 1 entry and in 2015/16 Dundee’s children were the third most overweight/obese in Scotland. In Dundee, 11% of all children in Primary 1 are at risk of obesity, compared with the Scottish average of 10%. Over 25% of primary 1 children are at risk of overweight or obesity, compared to a Scottish figure of just over 22%. Mental Health and WellbeingDundee has the fifth highest rate per 1,000 population (aged 16-64) who reported in the 2011 census that they had a mental health condition - above the national average. In Dundee, 6,319 people in the16–64 age group are estimated to have a mental health condition. Almost 64 people per 1,000 have a mental health condition compared to 54 for Scotland as a whole. This rate increases to 81.9 per 1,000for people in the 35–64 age group. Almost 95 per 1,000 women and 82.5 per 1,000 men in the 35–49 age group in Dundee identified themselves as having mental health conditions (Census 2011). For every age group women are more likely to have mental health conditions. The gender ratio for Dundee is 57% females and 43% for males, which is similar to the Scottish ratio. Populations living in poorer socio-economic circumstances are at increased risk of poorer mental health, depression and lower subjective wellbeing. Those living in the poorest fifth of the population are twice as likely to be at risk of developing mental health problems as those on average incomes. The 2011 Census shows that East End, Lochee and Coldside have the highest rate per 1,000 population of people with a mental health condition. Over half of those living in Lochee live in a data zone ranked within the 15% most deprived. All areas of Dundee, except for the West End and The Ferry have a higher rate per 1,000 population (aged 16-64) who reported in the 2011 Census that they had a mental healthcondition. The 2011 census indicated that people who identified themselves as having mental health conditions are less likely to be engaged in work than in Dundee’s general population. Only 28% are in employment, 48% are either long term sick or disabled. The Quality Outcomes Framework has demonstrated a year on year increase in those on the mental health register. In five years there has been as 6% increase in mental health conditions, however there has also been a drop in the number of patients who are newly diagnosed with depression. Mental Disorders are strongly related to suicides. Dundee has a slightly above average suicide rate compared to the rest of Scotland. Drug MisuseDundee has the third highest prevalence of drug misuse in Scotland. It is estimated that there are around 2,900 problem drug users in Dundee - 59% of whom are men and 41% of whom are women. Dundee has a significantly higher proportion of female problem drug users than Scotland where only 30% of problem drug users are female. The high proportion of women who are drug users is significant, given the known impact of substance misuse on parenting capacity and the ability to keep children safe. There were 304 drug related acute hospital episodes recorded in Dundee in 2015/16, an increase of 2.6% on 2014/15. Those living in the most deprived areas accounted for the majority of hospital episodes that were drug related (67%.) These figures demonstrate the strong correlation between deprivation and drug misuse, as well as the level of impact drug misuse has on some of our most vulnerable communities. As at March 2017, 1,207 people in Dundee were in receipt of a methadone prescription. Over the period 2010-16, for Scotland as whole, the average of 659 drug related deaths per year represented a death rate of 0.12 per 1,000 of population. Dundee had an average of 34 drug related deaths per year, representing a death rate of 0.23 per 1,000 of population - the highest rate of all authorities in Scotland Alcohol MisuseThere are no national measures for the prevalence of alcohol related health harm. However, data from the Scottish Health Survey 2012-15 showed that in Tayside, of those who did report drinking, 44% of men and 36% of women were drinking out with government guidelines. There is variation observed across areas in Dundee for alcohol related Accident and Emergency (A&E) attendance rates showing a clear deprivation gradient. There were 1,035 alcohol related attendances at A&E in Dundee during 2015/16. In general, individuals living in the most deprived areas were around 6 times more likely to attend A&E, 5 times more likely to have an acute hospital stay and 2.4 times more likely to die with an alcohol related diagnosis than those from the least deprived areas. Our Priorities Reduce Obesity Increase the proportion of women of a child bearing age and children that are within the healthy weight range Improve partnership working and planning related to healthy weight interventions aligning appropriately with the Physical Activity Strategy Improve access to weight management services and supports Increase breast feeding rates Increase community capacity in relation to healthy eating and food preparation Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing Increase awareness of mental health across the Partnership and in our communities Ensure our schools and workplaces promote positive mental health Identify early the people most at risk of mental health issues / conditions Improve access to good mental health, wellbeing and recovery support Improve pathways between community care, primary care and acute services for people with mental health issues Improving our suicide prevention approaches and our response to people in distress Reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with people with poor mental health and wellbeing Increase employment rates for those with poor mental health Substance MisuseThe Dundee Alcohol and Drug Partnership has recently published a draft Integrated Alcohol and Drug Services - Strategic and Commissioning Plan 2017-2020 (New ADP Plan). This sets out the strategicpriorities and guides the delivery of a transformational improvement programme across the city. Produced to provide clear direction for services, the new ADP Plan will drive forward, inform andenhance the already well established partnership approach to focus on the following four priority outcomes for development and improvement: Children and Families - Children will have improved life chances and be safer where there is a risk of early initiation into use of alcohol and drugs and/or exposure to harm in family settings where substances are misused Prevention and Protection - An increased investment in prevention activities and early intervention approaches, focusing on children, young people and communities Recovery - A well-coordinated and effective Recovery Oriented System of Care with integrated pathways through services that promote health and wellbeing and help people achieve their personal goals Safer Communities - Individuals and communities are knowledgeable about the harmful effects of alcohol overconsumption and drug misuse, and are supported to build resilience Partners recognise the impact that discarded needles and other drug related litter have in communities. Measures are being developed to prevent, reduce and respond to this. In line with the Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership’s approach to place-based working, a locality-model for alcohol and drug services will be adopted. This will enable collaborative working with complementary services for children and families with staff groups and teams linked to a locality. Accordingly, they will develop a better understanding of local communities and their people, target the resources according to need and make closer links to local resources. This model of working will ensure local people affected by substance misuse and their families can have easier access to the services they need. These services will be confidential and will include specialist treatment services and all other supports people require to aid their recovery. Our Targets for Improvement What Action Will We Take? D) Community Safety & Justice Key Strategic Documents Dundee Community Justice Outcome Improvement Plan Local Fire and Rescue Plan for Dundee 2017-20 Current Position Community safety tends to mean different things to different people at different times of their lives and can vary considerably from locality to locality. The most commonly accepted definition states that community safety is about “protecting people’s rights to live in confidence and without fear for their own or other people’s safety” (COSLA). Community safety is therefore about being able to feel safe at home, at work, walking down the street or in other public places. It relates to individuals’ quality of life and encourages individuals to seek the most favourable opportunities available to them, to enable them to live their lives safely, without fear of crime and disorder. From a national context, crimes recorded by the Police in Scotland are at their lowest level since 1974. However, certain types of crime have increased, for example domestic abuse, sexual crimes, fire raising and vandalism, whilst others have fallen, for example crimes of dishonesty. From a local perspective, Dundee has seen a reduction in total crimes per 10,000 population from 837 in 2010/11 to 596 in 2015/16. However, this is still the fourth highest rate across Scotland behind Glasgow (715), Edinburgh (639) and Aberdeen (621). Whilst the overall reduction in crimes recorded is positive, there have been recent increases in certain types of recorded crime, in particular domestic abuse, mirroring the picture across Scotland. In 2015-16 there were 2,365 incidents of domestic abuse recorded by the Police in Dundee; this is equivalent to 160 incidents of domestic abuse per 10,000 population. Whilst this rate is the lowest it has been since 2010-11, in the last 3 years for which information is available (2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16) Dundee has had the highest rate of recorded incidents of domestic abuse of any local authority in Scotland. We know that measuring our progress in tackling domestic abuse will be very challenging; information that is consistently available to us, such as the levels of reporting to the police described above, does not provide an accurate assessment of how well we are doing in reducing the underlying prevalence of domestic abuse or in improving the safety, quality of life and outcomes for those affected. We are continuing to work together to identify meaningful performance indicators for domestic abuse and will report against these and other community safety outcomes in the first City Plan annual report. Reducing re-offending has been identified as another high level strategic priority. For both Scotland as a whole and Dundee there has been a general decline in reconviction rates since 2005-06 (-4.3% and -9% respectively). From 2013-14 to 2014-15 reconviction rates fell by 3.3% for Dundee, to 29.5%, whereas for Scotland there was a 0.3% fall. This is seen alongside rising crime figures. The average number of reconvictions per offender reduced for Dundee from 0.59 in 2013-14 to 0.49 in 2014-15 compared to a smaller reduction for Scotland from 0.52 to 0.50. Our Priorities Significant levels of inequality directly affect the ability of many citizens to achieve positive outcomes. In addition, higher crime levels correlate to localities where deprivation is prevalent. At all times, the focus of activity undertaken by community safety and justice agencies will be on preventing crime from occurring, rather than relying on enforcement action alone. The priority outcomes for community safety and justice are: Dundee has reduced levels of crime Dundee has reduced levels of domestic abuse Dundee has reduced levels of re-offending Dundee has reduced fear of crime We have improved safety of our local communities by reducing the risk to life, property and the environment from fire We have improved road safety in Dundee Dundee has reduced levels of antisocial behaviour CrimeThe 2016 Annual Citizens Survey highlighted that 4.2% of respondents felt that crime in their area had increased. We will tackle this fear of crime by identifying factors causing it amongst the Dundee population and identifying measures in our forthcoming Community Safety Improvement Plan to address those causing the most fear. The Community Safety Hub in Lochee is the focal point of joint resourcing between Community Safety partners. Police Scotland staff will work alongside the Council’s Antisocial Behaviour team and the Community Safety warden service by employing intelligence led tasking. Intelligence on Community Safety issues is received from the public and partners and shared to inform subsequent tasking of activities. A key component of the work undertaken by the Hub is the weekly Multi Agency Tasking and Coordinating group where staff across disciplines and agencies are brought together for the purpose of identifying priorities across the city and planning interventions. Domestic AbuseWe will work to continue initiatives to prevent domestic abuse, target perpetrators and support victims. These will include the roll out of the ‘Safe and Together Model’ currently being piloted in the East of the city and working with the Sheriff Court on domestic abuse cases. Re-offendingWe are committed to reducing re-offending through providing skilled multi-agency interventions at every stage of the community justice pathway (prevention, community alternatives to short-term imprisonment, support to those in custody and post custody support). Evidence shows that re-offending is a complex social issue and an individual’s likelihood of re-offending can be significantly affected by structural factors, such as timely access to services, and personal factors, such as capacity and commitment to change. In addition, people who have committed offences may present complex and multiple needs or require support in order to engage effectively with services. We will continue to look strategically to overcome obstacles to health care, employment and housing to help people with convictions to find positive alternatives to offending. FireReducing the number of fire deaths and casualties in our homes remains a priority. Community fire safety activities will continue engagement with citizens to reduce the number of dwelling fire casualties particularly amongst the vulnerable, with community safety education activities providing the main focus in educating people about the risks of fire. Road SafetyWe will make our roads safer, particularly for the most vulnerable, children, older people, pedestrians and two wheeled road users. The Dundee Road Safety Forum will work with partners to coordinate road safety activity including early identification of road network and engineering issues and improved exchange of information in respect of road crime issues. Antisocial BehaviourThis occurs in many forms across Dundee from low level activity to serious disorder and has a significant impact on people living in our communities. The major causes of complaint are noise, drugs, verbal abuse, general nuisance and youth disorder. The number of cases of antisocial behaviour reported has remained fairly static over the last five years. We will look to develop innovative and proactive ways of responding to antisocial behaviour and address recurring themes of antisocial behaviour through targeted action plans. Criminal JusticePartnership work needs to continue, with all agencies working together to ensure that there are services targeted at all stages of the criminal justice system, at different types and levels of risk and need. Our Community Payback Orders are delivered in partnership with Health and Voluntary Agencies The provision of Unpaid Work placements continues to expand, representing a mutual exchange between those on Orders and those benefitting from their work For highest risk offenders, MAPPA will continue as the coordinated multi-agency response that maximises safety for the public and provides people with opportunities to complete their sentence in the community An important part of our strategy to reduce re-offending will be achieved through focusing on the short-term prisoner’s journey returning to Dundee on release from HMP Perth The co-location of services at Friarfield House, including Police, Voluntary agencies and NHS staff, will continue to reflect our determination to ensure that every step on the Community Justice pathway is viewed as a potential life improvement opportunity. Our Targets for Improvement What Action Will We Take? E) Building Strong and Empowered Communities Key Strategic Documents Dundee Local Housing Strategy Dundee Local Development Plan Regional Transport Strategy Plan Current Position Quality of Life in the neighbourhoods of Dundee has remained consistently high according to our annual citizen surveys, maintaining the overall satisfaction levels since 2013. The proportion of residents who are very satisfied with the quality of life in their neighbourhood increased from 61% in 2015 to 69% in 2016. This trend is also seen when looking at quality of life in Dundee overall with 62% of respondents to the survey being very satisfied in 2015 increasing to 72% in 2016. The overall satisfaction with the physical environment has remained consistently high, with at least 96% of people rating their neighbourhood as a good or very good place to live since 2012 (Source: Dundee Citizen Survey). The annual survey also showed that 38% of people within communities felt that they could influence decisions affecting their local area. The proportion of people who felt they could influence decisions affecting their local areas had decreased by 2 percentage points since 2013. Those who lived in the Ferry were significantly more likely to agree that they can influence decisions (68%) than participants who lived in Maryfield (26%). A recent Evaluation Scotland inspection found that community learning and development in Dundee was of a high standard with strengths that reflect the quality of community groups, learning programmes, leadership and targeting. In 2016, all applicable social rented sector stock in Dundee met the Scottish Housing Quality Standard. Housing with Care is being developed as part of a range of measures to tackle the growing number of older people living in communities, with a target of building 100 houses with care in place by 2018. In addition 138 houses are being built between 2016 and 2021 to cater for those with physical disabilities (including wheelchair users), mental health issues, and learning disabilities. Discretionary Housing Payments help people to maintain their tenancies, mainly by mitigating the spare room subsidy (also known as the bedroom tax) but also through enabling them to get through crises and rent arrears. In 2016/17 4,786 awards totalling £2,297,378 were made. Youth homelessness has been on the increase in recent years, but following the introduction of the Dundee Partnership’s Youth Housing Options in 2015 a 35% reduction in applications has been recorded, from 254 in 2015-16 to 164 in 2016-17. Homelessness has been falling since 2012. Through the expansion of Dundee’s Housing Options service, it is anticipated that the number of homeless applicants in the city will continue to fall. As of February 2017, Dundee had 16,165 Registered Properties and 10,258 Registered Landlords in the private rented sector. Our Priorities Local Community PlanningLocal Community Planning Partnerships (LCPPs) have been established across the eight multi-member wards for over ten years and these continue to flourish. They are the means by which the national and local Dundee outcomes are combined with priorities from local areas to shape city-wide and local action. They bring together elected members, community and third sector representatives and partner agencies. Following the extensive collaboration with communities captured in the Engage Dundee process, the development of local community plans is underway. The next phase of local plans will reflect the community planning guidance by focusing on a smaller number of priorities which have been agreed as the most important for local people. These may well be longer term and more challenging but will be identified as necessary to achieve significantly better outcomes for communities. Once these have been agreed, the membership of each LCPP will be reviewed to ensure that any local priorities can be addressed by relevant partners. Given the compact nature of Dundee and the dearth of data at a ward or data zone level, it is unlikely that significant progress towards city-wide outcomes will be measurable at LCPP level. It is proposed, therefore, that LCPPs set action targets and report on these annually as part of overall City Plan reporting. Asset Transfer and Participation RequestsDundee has had an agreed Community Asset Transfer policy since 2014, and this is being updated to reflect the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 that came into effect in January 2017. An up to date list of available assets is displayed on the Council’s website, alongside application forms for interested community groups. Significant progress has been made in realising the ambitions of community asset transfer with Boomerang’s ownership of the facility in Kemback Street acting as a symbol of what can be achieved and an inspiration to others. This well-established process for asset transfer will form the basis for arrangements to consider participation requests which can be a positive way to further develop working relationships with representatives of communities, the third sector and other partners. A new Community Empowerment Officer post has been created to support both these positive opportunities. Community BudgetingDundee’s Community Regeneration Forums have been recognised as best practice by the Scottish Government for many years. They are a strong democratic means of identifying and responding to local need and promoting community empowerment and capacity building. They work well in representing a community regeneration perspective within Local Community Planning Partnerships. The Forums were first established in 2004 and projects supported through community regeneration funding touch every aspect of life in communities. They support many social and community activities to promote inclusion and community wellbeing and spirit, alongside significant physical improvements that have been identified as priorities by local people. In giving communities greater influence and control over resources in their neighbourhoods, Forums embody the Scottish Government’s desire to see councils and partners committing to the principle of participatory budgeting. Increasing the funding available from £847,000 to £1 million in 2017/2018 will enable Forums and LCPPs to fund further action to reduce inequalities in their areas and support the implementation of the recommendations of the Fairness Commission. They will also be able to respond to issues identified through the Engage Dundee consultation process and the new local community plans. Dundee’s new Community Infrastructure Fund will build further on these foundations. Additional funding of £509,000 is to be managed locally and directed towards locally agreed priorities for roads, parking, footways and other local infrastructure. Together with further capital funding of £691,000, this will result in a total Community Infrastructure Fund of £1.2m and will allow a mix of revenue and capital works to be undertaken. This is further evidence of the Council’s continued commitment to participatory budgeting, and will complement and augment the £1m funding for community regeneration. For a number of years Dundee City Council has operated a Youth Investment Fund. From 2017/18 this will increase from £8,000 to £25,000 and will change from a grant giving model to a participatory budgeting approach. Young people in Dundee will have more say than ever, promoting inclusion and participation by young people. The model proposed for Dundee will see a forum of young people promote the scheme and implement the grant/ideas submission stage. Dundee Youth Council are keen to take a lead role in developing this opportunity for wider youth participation. Housing and NeighbourhoodsThe TAYplan Strategic Development Plan, which covers Dundee and neighbouring local authorities was published in 2017. Alongside this the Local Development Plan 2 is being drafted and will be consulted on during 2017. Overall, the focus is on making neighbourhoods more attractive places to live. The Local Housing Strategy 2013-18 provides an overall plan for strategic priorities. This is currently being reviewed and the new strategy for 2018-23 will take into account the Housing Needs and Demands Assessment included in the TAYplan. The Council, social landlords and private sector partners will further support the provision of new social rented housing and tenure diversification. This will continue the trend of increased new build since 2013, in both the private sector and social rented sector, with a total of 323 units built in 2015-16. Priority areas are Whitfield, Hilltown, Lochee and Mill O’ Mains, where physical regeneration is imperative to creating opportunities for changing outcomes in these neighbourhoods. Within the Engage Dundee responses, the good quality of housing was raised by many respondents, while several also highlighted the need for higher quality in the private rented sector and more affordable housing options. This is significant given the scale of the private rented sector in the city. The accreditation scheme for private landlords is a direct and practical approach to improving quality. Sustainability & Green SpacesDundee has a clear role to play in rising to the challenges presented by climate change - to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to the effects of climate change and progress towards a low carbonfuture. Dundee faces many local challenges in this transition with the link between climate change and inequalities being clear. We are, committed to the achievement of low emission zones. People in poverty are the most vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change. Continued rises in the cost of energy have outstripped any rises in household income resulting in: Levels of fuel poverty rising to 37% across all housing tenures in the city Dundee now has highest level of households in fuel poverty across all Scottish cities (Glasgow 30%, Aberdeen 28%, and Edinburgh 24%) In Dundee 47% of single pensioner households 23% of family households and 37% of other households suffer from fuel poverty. This compares with national figures of 43%, 13% and 44% respectively The Dundee Partnership will develop a ‘Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan’ for the city and will provide the leadership, commitment and planning necessary for the transition to a low carbon Dundee. It will build on existing projects by outlining a city-wide vision for strategic energy generation and consumption. There has already been considerable work in this area by the Council and public sectorpartners. Combining these opportunities in an innovative way offers the potential to address a number of key objectives to benefit the sustainability of Dundee including: Delivering significant reductions in CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases Reducing fuel poverty Improving air quality We will also require all new buildings to incorporate measures to reduce the level of carbon emissions; support renewable energy generation; and encourage the use of heat networks in new developments. Dundee has more green and open spaces and parks per head of population than any other Scottish city, occupying 28% of the urban area. Twenty parks are locally assessed each year using Green Flag data, with Friends Of groups being involved in many of these. Four Green Flags were awarded by Keep Scotland Beautiful in 2016. Friends Of groups undertake a range of activities at many parks, including regular work parties and fund raising for improvements. Green space is also an important health asset. A recent audit carried out by Public Health in Tayside demonstrates recognition by partners of the increasing importance the outdoors and nature play in health improvement and with some coordination, targeting and scaling up existing provision there is significant potential. A number of referral pathways, signposting and links are already established between health and the environment sectors. The Dundee Green Network was adopted in 2016 to identify the existing key networks of green infrastructure in the city and opportunities to enhance them. It promotes key development principles to ensure high quality, multi-functional green infrastructure is delivered in new development that is well connected into the existing network to be enjoyed, cared for and valued. Dundee has a rich and varied natural heritage with an enviable waterfront location that stretches 16.5km along the Tay Estuary. The Tay’s water quality makes it one of the best major estuaries in Europe and supports biodiversity and habitats which have been recognised internationally and offered protection through a number of natural heritage designations. The city is host to 35 locally important nature conservation sites and 3 LNRs which are significant for environmental education. Wildlife corridors on Riverside Drive and The Dighty promote habitat continuity and support biodiversity conservation. A new urban Biodiversity Plan is being prepared with the aim of setting out a vision for biodiversity through actions relating to Sites, Habitats, Species and People. TransportationBeing able to access other parts of the city for work, leisure or other reasons is important to everyone, so it is vital for continuous development of transport networks to take place. The Dundee TransportForum brings together a range of organisations and the membership of this group will be strengthened during 2017 to enable it to look more holistically at the demands on, and issues with, transportationnetworks in Dundee. According to the Engage Dundee consultation, a number of issues remain to be tackled: Bus timetables could be improved, especially during the evening and at weekends Bus routes to some areas could be improved Travel by bus is felt to be expensive, particularly for those with families Cycle routes could be better joined up Accessible transportation continues to be an unmet need Our Targets for Improvement What Action Will We Take?