Renfrewshire Council

Introduction to the council plan

"Our vision for Renfrewshire is for a 'fair and inclusive place where all our people, communities and businesses thrive'.

"This Council Plan describes how Renfrewshire Council will achieve this vision by working more closely with our communities, tackling our challenges, making the most of our opportunities, and delivering first class services.

"The Better Future, Better Council Plan was launched in 2014 to cover the years 2014-17 and we have made excellent progress in delivering the actions set out in the plan.  This progress has been achieved despite the Council having to cope with its budget from the Government being reduced at the same time as the demand for vital services such as caring for our older people has increased.  We are proud of the efforts made by our staff to improve services and deliver the necessary savings and we are grateful for the support of our customers over this difficult period of change.

"We are now at the plan's halfway point and recognise that much has changed since it was launched. The economy is now growing again but the Council's budget will continue to be reduced over the next two years as a result of the Government's ongoing austerity plans. Unemployment is falling in Renfrewshire but the income of the poorest in our society is being reduced as a result of the impact of the UK Government's welfare reforms. Our young people are doing better at school, but those from wealthier households are still doing better than our poorest.  We've reduced the amount of energy the Council uses and the carbon we emit, but recognise the growing consensus across the world that we all need to do much more to avoid the risk of disastrous climate change. The Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal is now a reality creating huge opportunities for job creation and business growth across the region, but we need to ensure that these benefits are felt across Renfrewshire.  Our ambition for cultural led regeneration has also grown and we are determined to use Paisley's bid for UK City of Culture 2021 to put the town back on the global stage where it belongs.

"This halfway point is the right time to take account of these changes and refocus our energies on the priority areas that will make the biggest difference to the people of Renfrewshire. This refreshed plan highlights what we're going to focus on over the next two years and how we are going to measure if we're getting it right.

"The people of Renfrewshire - our customers - will continue to be at the heart of this Council Plan. Our customers trust Renfrewshire Council to deliver services in some of the most important areas of our lives. We will continue to work hard to maintain that trust by listening more to what our customers tell us and talking to them about how we can make services better while continuing to make the savings we need to.

"We can only achieve the aims outlined in this plan through the hard work and enthusiasm of our people - our staff. We want all our staff to be proud of the vital contribution they make to Renfrewshire being a great place to live, work and play. We will be investing more in the training and development of our staff to support them deliver the priorities set out in this plan.

"Our refreshed Council plan sets out our ambitions for Renfrewshire as a place and for its people over the next two years. Many of these ambitions can only be achieved by working with our partners across Renfrewshire in the public, private and third sector. We will continue to strengthen the great relationships we have with these partners and focus on those areas where we can achieve much more working together than we can individually.

"Overall, with our people and our place at the centre, this ambitious second phase of the Council Plan will see us continue to invest in a better future for all of Renfrewshire's citizens and creating the better council that will work with our customer and partners to successfully deliver that future."

Cllr Mark Macmillan                       Sandra Black                                  
Leader of Renfrewshire Council        Chief Executive