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Cabinet approves new Knowsley Council three-year plan

by Guy Murphy

At tonight’s Cabinet Meeting (23 February), Members endorsed the Knowsley Council Plan for the next three years.

The Knowsley Council Plan 2022-2025 has a clear vision of ‘Supporting Knowsley’s People and Communities to Thrive’ and is focused around three key priorities:

  • Effective Support for those in Need – ensuring that all Knowsley residents are able to access the necessary support and services.
  • Inclusive Growth and Skills – ensuring that all of Knowsley’s communities are able to share in the opportunities from local economic growth – including a focus on improving education and skills levels in the Borough.
  • Achieving Net Zero by 2040 – ensuring that the Council plays a leading role in local action to address the Climate Emergency.

Developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Knowsley Council Plan takes into consideration the future opportunities and ambitions for local people, whilst dealing with the long-standing challenges facing Knowsley residents and communities as the borough moves into our recovery from the pandemic and beyond.

These include the Council’s continued response to COVID-19 and prioritising the needs of the most vulnerable residents in the borough.  They also include progressing with the ambitious plans to maintain and improve local town centres, neighbourhoods and green spaces – whilst accelerating the borough’s response to Climate Change.

To progress these priorities, a delivery plan for 2022/2023 has been developed which will also run alongside the Council’s ongoing support to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and includes: –

  • Financial Exclusion Support – continued delivery of the Knowsley Better Together Hardship Fund
  • Improvements in Children’s Services – improving quality of practice in social care and improving support to care leavers and those affected by domestic abuse
  • Inclusive Growth – continued delivery of the borough’s housing and town centre developments, including the opening of the Shakespeare North Playhouse
  • Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture – continued delivery of the programme for 2022, with an emphasis on achieving a longer-term legacy
  • Climate Emergency and Achieving “Net Zero” – refreshing the action plans for the Council and the wider borough, undertaking an initial decarbonisation of Council buildings, and delivering flood mitigation and sustainable travel plans
  • Stronger Communities – developing a Stronger Communities Partnership and delivery plan and undertaking community capacity building.

To ensure its successful delivery, the Knowsley Council Plan 2022-2025 is underpinned by the well-established Knowsley Better Together principles, ensuring a joint approach with our partners and the community to co-produce long-term solutions to the challenges which Knowsley face, whilst working together to help achieve our long term ambitions for the borough.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said: “I am delighted that Cabinet has endorsed the latest three-year Knowsley Council Plan which sets out how we will continue to support Knowsley’s people and communities to thrive.

“I am very proud of everything we have achieved since the publication of our previous plan in 2017, including driving economic growth and delivering ambitious plans to transform our borough through investment.   We have not accomplished these things on our own, however, and many of these achievements would never have been possible without the support of our partners and the people who live and work in Knowsley.

“The Knowsley Council Plan has been developed within the complex and challenging environment of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated inequalities within Knowsley and increased the demand on services and support. Other issues such as the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU and the cost-of-living crisis are also set to present significant challenges to our communities.

“However, through a clear focus on the key priorities outlined in the plan and following our Knowsley Better Together approach– which is about us all “doing our bit” for the borough – I am confident that we can all achieve a lot during the next three years.”

The draft Knowsley Council Plan 2022-2025 can be viewed here, and formal endorsement will be sought at the Council meeting on 9 March 2022.