One hundred days of progress

New leadership marks achievements

North Lanarkshire's new leadership team is looking back on some big achievements in its first 100 days in charge of the council.

Councillor Jim Logue and Councillor Paul Kelly were reflecting after the council's policy and resources committee agreed to transfer the active schools team from NL Leisure to the council as part of the response to the Scottish Attainment Challenge, which is designed to ensure that all children can realise their full potential, no matter their individual circumstances.

Councillor Jim Logue, with Councillor Paul Kelly as his deputy, took over in March and the attainment challenge is just one of a number of initiatives that have seen huge progress.

These have included:

An equal pay agreement with GMB members and the completion of job re-evaluations agreed with trade unions;

Acceleration of the council's new-build housing programme, with a further 282 homes across 13 sites planned;

The approval of the business case for new strategic roads infrastructure for Gartcosh and Glenboig, unlocking the potential for jobs, housing and businesses as part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal. The City Deal will see more than £170million invested in North Lanarkshire;

A new committee structure, with crucial new youth and equalities and transformation committees;

Agreement that North Lanarkshire will welcome a further 36 Syrian refugees, many of who have been the victim of torture and violence, and the successful staging of a fun football tournament for refugees already settled in North Lanarkshire.

Jim Logue said: "There is no doubt at all that this has been a momentous first 100 days. We have met head-on some of the challenges we faced, for example in equal pay, and have worked hard to accelerate settlements for hundreds of employees.

"One of our priorities is building new social houses and we have outlined our plans for a further 282 across North Lanarkshire, with a refreshed housing strategy to be announced soon."

Paul Kelly said: "We have a new, young, dynamic team who are determined to get the very best outcomes for the people of North Lanarkshire. It's great to have achieved so much in the first 100 days but we have so much more we want to do in economic development, in housing and in education, as well as in improving services for communities."

Jim Logue added: "There is no doubt that significant change will continue. We need to make sure our decision-making is closer to communities and we will announce plans for that soon."

 

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