We’ve never had it so good –well, maybe not quite, says report
By Bill Heaney
It’s not quite you have never had it so good, but a new report claims that life in West Dunbartonshire is on the up.
More residents are in work and claiming fewer benefits while the area has seen marked improvements including a drop of 5% in the number of people claiming benefits, a rise of 3.5% in employment and earnings up by 3%.
The report also showed that crime in West Dunbartonshire is down with 4.5% fewer incidents than the previous year and 8.5% fewer house fires.
The number of young people leaving school and moving to a positive destination – such as further education, training or employment – has improved to 91%, the number of children living in poverty is down by over 6% and the average attainment in S4 has also increased by 1.5% on the previous year.
Parents giving birth to babies with a healthy birth weight has increased to 90.1% and the number of people dying early is down by 10%.
Community Planning West Dunbartonshire published its first Local Outcome Improvement Plan which reports on information provided by the Community Planning Outcome Profiles.
These profiles are developed by the Improvement Service, the national improvement body for Local Government in Scotland, as a consistent way to review outcome improvement in each area of Scotland. The information presented in the profiles comes from a range of sources, including the NHS Scotland, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue and the Scottish government.
Community Planning West Dunbartonshire agreed five priorities through the Plan for Place 2017-2027, which underpin the long term aspiration to make West Dunbartonshire a great place to live, work and visit. The priorities of Flourishing, Independent, Nurtured, Empowered and Safe are each supported by an action plan which is overseen by a Delivery and Improvement Group (DIGs) . The DIGs bring together the key services and agencies which can make a difference to the lives of West Dunbartonshire citizens in each of these five priority areas.
Councillor Jonathan McColl, chair of Community Planning West Dunbartonshire and Leader of the Council, said: “It’s very encouraging to see this positive annual report which clearly shows we are moving in the right direction. I am particularly pleased to see an increase in the health and wellbeing of our residents and a rise in the number of people finding work.
“It’s a priority for the Council to support as many residents as we can into employment which will help transform their lives and secure a positive future for this area.
“We are committed to improving the lives of every resident in West Dunbartonshire and the achievements listed in the annual report provide evidence that the efforts of the Council and its partners are making a difference and we will continue to build on this for future years.”