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We are making huge strides

8 February 2017

New figures show we're delivering significant improvements to the local economy, housing, the environment, health and wellbeing.

Our latest performance statistics show we are making huge strides towards achieving key goals. 

A new performance report reveals:

  • We have already helped to provide 290 affordable homes for rent since 2014 and are on schedule to deliver 1,000 by 2025.
  • The number of households with access to plastic and cardboard kerbside collections has almost doubled from 47% to 85%. 
  • Around 276 new jobs have been created in the area since 2014 and we are on target to achieve 1,000 by 2025.
  • The number of business units continues to rise and reached 7,265 in 2016 - the highest since 2010.
  • Life expectancy in South Lakeland remains higher than the national average while the number of adults with excess weight is below average.

Councillor Sue Sanderson, our portfolio holder for Council Organisation and People, said: “The latest performance figures measure our successes so far and prove that we are not just talking about improving the quality of people’s lives but actually doing it. I am delighted that we are making huge strides towards achieving our priorities and realising our vision.”  

Our Council Plan aims to deliver opportunities for sustainable economic growth, provide homes to meet need, protect and enhance the environment, improve health and reduce health inequalities.   

The quarterly performance figures were presented to Cabinet together with the latest financial reports and an update on the Council Plan.

Full Council on 22 February is recommended to accept a budget which includes an increase in Council Tax equivalent to £5 for a Band D property.

Our leader, Councillor Giles Archibald said: “The modest increase, which equates to less than 10 pence per week, will allow us to protect front line services yet continue to deliver service improvements and maintain our long term strategies to create jobs, affordable homes and prosperity.”