Ambitious for a sustainable and connected Highland
13th December 2018
Members have agreed six priority commitments in a revised Council Programme at today's council meeting.
The six themes within the Programme are:
A Council that Champions the Highlands;
A Place to Live;
A place to Thrive;
A place to Prosper;
A Welcoming Place; and
Your Highland Council
These themes and the actions which the council has agreed to, reflect priorities which have emerged through the round of public engagement during November.
An overarching new vision has also been agreed. This is that the Council will be "ambitious for a sustainable and connected Highland" and will support its communities in this goal.
A corporate plan will now be developed, with outcomes linked to key performance indicators.
Leader of the Council Margaret Davidson said: "Our revised Programme has a clear vision that the council should be “ambitious, sustainable and connected Highland". This vision underpins the priorities which we have highlighted for the future, including a new theme of “a council which “champions the Highlands”. The Highlands is unique area with a distinctive international brand and we must maximise the opportunities we have to celebrate and promote all that Highland has to offer.”
Chief Executive Donna Manson said: “In response to a call from communities for a more transparent and collaborative approach, the council will look at how best to structure the organisation to support local service delivery and governance. An all-member seminar will be held in January to consider this as well as looking at the development of performance measures for the corporate plan to deliver the Programme.”
The Programme - Your Voice Your Council Your Future can be found at https://www.highland.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/4063/highland_council
Item 14 Appendix
Highland tenants claiming Universal Credit are being urged to log on and update their UC claim this April 1st to ensure their entitlement covers their annual rent increase for the year ahead. Those who fail to do so will face a shortfall in their housing entitlement, putting them at risk of arrears.
Householders are advised that from the 1st of April 2019 vehicle tyres will no longer be accepted for disposal at Highland Council Household Waste Recycling Centres. The Highland Council currently disposes of 22% more waste per person than the Scottish average.
The Highland Council is raising awareness of the opportunity to help shape future growth and development across the Inner Moray Firth area, and is encouraging anyone living, working, investing and being educated in the area to get involved. The Council has announced its intention to review the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan.
A report that aims to demonstrate the continuing commitments of Highland Council, it's Education Authority and Highland Licensing Board, to advance and mainstream equality into day-to-day work was approved today by Councillors on the Care, Learning and Housing Committee. Local Authorities, Education Authorities and Licensing Boards are required by legislation to publish a report every 2 years on how they mainstream equality into their work.
The Highland Council is today (12 March 2019) launching a 12 week consultation giving the community until 5 June 2019 to comment on the proposed contents of the Common Good Fund Asset Register. Section 102 Community Empowerment (Scotland) 2015 states that before establishing a Common Good Asset Register the Council must first conduct a public consultation on a list of property (buildings, land, artwork, regalia and funds) it is proposing to include.
People living in The Highland Council area can now find out how to foster and adopt in the comfort of their own homes. Alison Gordon, Highland Council's Fostering and Adoption Resource Manager explained: "We have created this website to try to make it easier for anyone living in the Highlands who is considering fostering or adoption and we have tried to make the process of applying easier.
Council has agreed 22 strategic improvement priorities and a Highland Improving Performance Programme for the Council which aims to make the connections across services and communities and drive the improvement. The proposed strategic improvement priorities are identified from the Council's knowledge of where performance needs to improve and where the Council has already set ambition for improvement.
The Council's Programme "Local Voices: Highland Choices" was approved at today's Council meeting 7th March 2019, along with a Corporate Plan which provides the measures and actions required to deliver and monitor the Programme. The Corporate Plan also underpins the priorities set out in the Council's budget strategy and change programme "A Sustainable Highland" which was approved by Council in February 2019.
Overall the Council's key performance indicators (KPIs) for 2017-18 are performing well with 81% (22) either improving or being maintained. The principles that underpin the Council's values include that the Council will be fair, open and accountable.
Paper discussed at Highland council today 7 March 2018. The debate will be available for viewing later at https://highland.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/374561 HIGHLAND COUNCIL Date: 7th March 2019 Report Title: Council preparations for EU exit Report By: The Chief Executive 1.
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