Delivering on vision for the future

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Two progress reports have outlined significant successes in delivering on the Dundee Partnership’s vision for the future of the city and the council’s key priorities.

Councillors on the Policy and Resources Committee will next week (June 24) consider updates on the Dundee Partnership’s City Plan 2017-26 and the Council Plan 2017-22.

The City Plan sets out “ambitious but realistic” targets for improving a range of outcomes across the partnership agenda, while the Council Plan details the local authority’s targets and actions for making improvements on its priorities.

Reports by council Chief Executive David Martin state that, where data is available, 65.2% of the City Plan’s 63 key performance indicators are improved on or equal to the previous year. The figure for the Council plan’s 90 targets was 60%.

He said the scorecards show that the Dundee Partnership and the Council are “maintaining a high level of continuous improvement.”

Highlights of the Council Plan update range from “fast” rising attainment among Primary 7 pupils and record-breaking tourism figures to reductions in anti-social behaviour complaints and significant growth in housing completions.

The City Plan report points to a number of achievements over the last year, including the signing of the Tay Cities Deal heads of terms, Living Wage City accreditation and the creation of a new company to deliver the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc.

Significant progress has been made in areas such as the Forth and Tay Decommissioning Alliance, increased free hours for early learning and childcare and the district housing scheme.

The Partnership will seek to accelerate progress in helping people into work, reducing school exclusion for looked after children, increasing attainment and positive destinations and reducing obesity.

Council leader John Alexander said: “This is an exciting time for the city, and our progress reports outline a number of areas where the Council and the Partnership are making a difference to people’s lives across Dundee.

“Being named Scotland’s Best Place to Live 2019 by The Sunday Times was recognition that Dundee is a thriving and exciting city.

“Of course, there are many challenges still to be tackled if we are to achieve all of the ambitions set out in the City Plan and the Council Plan in the years to come.

“The city council cannot work alone and I am pleased that our partners in the public, private education and third sectors are playing a major part in these efforts.”

Councillor Alexander added: “All of us are committed to making Dundee a better city for everyone.”

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