Corporate Strategy 2017-21
A Comhairle with Ambition for the Outer Hebrides
“Our vision is to work with our partners and governments to strengthen our local economy and our communities, help our young people achieve their potential and gain sustainable employment, and promote and support healthier lifestyles within safe and caring communities”.
The Comhairle’s Corporate Strategy sets the strategic direction of the Comhairle in each council term and this current strategy takes us through to 2021. The Comhairle has determined its future strategic priorities in the wider context of the current public sector financial environment, Community Planning, Community Empowerment, Health and Social Care integration, Our Islands: Our Future’s Islands Deal and the Islands Bill. The Corporate Strategy has been undertaken in parallel with the development of the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnership’s Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (LOIP) 2017-27.
The common themes of both the Corporate Strategy and the LOIP are that the Western Isles has to be an attractive place to invest, live, work and visit; that it is necessary to create and sustain the social and economic conditions which encourage our young people to remain on the islands; that there requires to be an aim to retain and maintain an economically active population; that a safe environment must be provided in which to pursue healthy and active lifestyles, and that caring communities must be supported to look after the elderly and support independent living.
The overarching strategic priorities of the Comhairle’s Corporate Strategy are: Economy and Jobs; Communities and Housing; Education, Skills and Training; and Quality of Life, Health and Wellbeing.