Council Programme and Corporate Plan approved
7th March 2019
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.
The Corporate Plan provides a performance framework to ensure the Council has continuous and comprehensive performance monitoring to deliver the outcomes for a high performing, ambitious, sustainable and connected Council.
An annual performance report will be produced from September 2020.
Alasdair Christie Depute Leader of the Council said: "The Council's Programme presents an opportunity to be aspirational and ambitious, we will work in an inclusive way with our communities ensuring that we improve outcomes for folks and in so doing improve lives.
"This Plan provides the essential foundations for ensuring that we drive forward shared and agreed priorities to deliver a more efficient better connected Council. Clear targets, robust scrutiny and regular monitoring will help to keep us on track as we go forward."
Chief Executive Donna Manson said: "I am ambitious that we will be a high performing council, with a performance culture which sets ambitious targets and regularly monitors our progress to deliver the right results. We have some excellent examples of high performing teams and initiatives in Highland. We need to build on success and challenge where things can be improved and our services made more affordable and efficient. This will enable us to be more sustainable into the future.
"It is vital as we move forward that we work together with partners, that staff are empowered and the public see a change in approach which evidences continued listening to communities, taking cognisance of their positive ideas about how we can deliver a better service."
The paper on the corporate plan can be seen at https://www.highland.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/4093/highland_council/attachment/74980
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.
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.
The motion was proposed at Highland council today 7th March 2019. It was emotively opposed by Caithness councillors.
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