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Share Your Views On Orkney’s Council Plan & The Community Plan

The Council has linked The Council Plan and the Orkney Community Plan 2023 – 2028 in a shared survey page.

You can share your views here: Orkney Community Plan 2023-2030 and Council Plan 2023-2028

The Council Plan sets out OIC priorities for the next 5 years period 2023-2028.

It covers 3 main areas

  1. Growing our Economy.
  2. Strengthening our Communities.
  3. Developing our Infrastructure

The three priority themes are underpinned by core principles which will guide future decision making across all the aims.

  • Protecting our environment and combating climate change.
  • Equality, fairness and inclusion.
  • Sustainable and accessible services for all.
  • Community wellbeing and mental health.
  • Community wealth building for future generations

Click on the following links for the related documents:

The Council must budget for the continuing impact of Brexit, socio-economic recovery from COVID-19 restrictions and an unpredictable geo-political environment. Funding pressures are likely to be acute during the lifetime of this plan.

The Orkney Community Plan (Local Outcomes Improvement Plan) for 2023-2030

The Orkney Community Plan (Local Outcomes Improvement Plan) for 2023-2030 is produced by The Orkney Partnership.

This consists of 5 agencies OIC, NHS Orkney, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Some other input has come from the Third Sector .

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The three strategic priorities in this plan are:

  1. Cost of Living
  2. Sustainable Development
  3. Local Equality

The Partnership’s target outcomes for the Cost of Living are:

  • Better public understanding of the need for cash-first and human rights-based approaches to the mitigation of poverty and hardship.
  • The adoption of a co-ordinated advice-and-cash-first approach to address hardship and avert people falling into crisis.
  • Demonstrable mitigation of the immediate cost of living crisis, evidenced through statistical data and/or feedback from Orkney residents
  • The co-ordination, monitoring and reporting of partnership action plans relating to child poverty, food dignity and fuel poverty.
  • A measurable reduction in persistent poverty in Orkney.

The Partnership’s target outcomes for Sustainable Development are:

  • The planning and delivery of an integrated route map which shows the links between the development of a sustainable economy and combatting the climate emergency.
  • A “Just Transition” towards a wellbeing economy with a focus on climate change, work, and diversity.
  • Shared understanding of the Four Pillars approach to sustainable development, Doughnut Economics and Community Wealth Building, and why they matter to Orkney.
  • Measurable progress towards Orkney’s target of net zero emissions by 2030.
  • An adaptation and mitigation strategy to protect our communities, infrastructure, businesses, habitats, and wildlife from the effects of climate change.

The Partnership’s target outcomes for Local Equality are:

  • The publication of a Locality Plan for Orkney which supports the priorities of local community-led development plans.
  • The improvement of digital connectivity to every community in Orkney to the best standard achievable.
  • The improvement of transport connectivity to every community in Orkney to the best standard achievable.
  • Improvement in the population, demographic balance, resilience and wellbeing of Orkney’s most fragile communities.
  • Improvement in the ratings of Orkney’s most disadvantaged communities as recorded by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation

Click on this link for both surveys: Orkney Community Plan 2023-2030 and Council Plan 2023-2028