Progress on improving Dundee for the future


15th November 2019

Progress in meeting targets to help improve Dundee for the future will be outlined to the policy and resources committee on Monday (November 18).

A mid-year update on will be discussed on both the City Plan and Council Plan which cover the years 2017-2022.

Highlights include a significant improvement in P7 pupils achieving the CFE 2 level in literacy and numeracy, which has gone up to 73% compared to 45% three years ago.

Street cleanliness scores have improved, as has the rate of bed days lost to delayed discharges under the Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership’s performance.

Council leader Councillor John Alexander explains that the report will help people understand where the city is heading, and how the council is dedicated to tackling issues.

He said: “There are many improvements that can be noted in this latest update and I am pleased at the many ways that we are making the city a better place for everyone.

“This is testament to the hard work and dedication of the council and its partners to provide support for people across our communities.

“The report shows that we are not shirking from some substantial challenges and there is still much to do.

“To make progress in tackling issues poverty and drugs deaths you need a long-term vision and the commitment to follow this through.

“We are absolutely determined to ensure that Dundee people can make the most of new opportunities in the years ahead.”

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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