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The Falkirk Plan identifies the key inequalities across Falkirk that our communities are facing and presents the outcomes that the Community Planning Partnership will improve through working with our communities over the next 10 years.

The Plan is a requirement of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, that all CPP's must have a Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (LOIP) in place to show how partners will tackle inequalities. The Act places a legal duty on Community Planning Partners to use their collective resources to work together with communities to tackle inequalities via the LOIP.

The Falkirk Plan replaces the Strategic Outcomes and Local Delivery Plan (SOLD), which was in place from 2016 and 2020.

Have your say

The Falkirk plan is currently a draft, and you can have your say about the plan here. This plan will be available for comment until the 29 September 2021. After which comments will be considered and the final plan will be published in October 2021.

Any comments you leave will be responded to in a report of consultation published alongside the final plan, so you will be able to see how your comments influence the final plan.

Although the outcomes are for 10 years to 2030, the plan will be reviewed in 2024 to ensure the identified priorities are still the most relevant. Progress will be reported to communities on an annual basis.

The Falkirk Plan

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How we came up with our themes and outcomes

Evaluation of the SOLD Plan

The Strategic Outcomes and Local Delivery plan was in place between 2016 and 2020. In order to begin identifying new local priorities, this plan was evaluated to determine whether the local outcomes were still the most relevant and how outcomes were improved during that period. This took place in July 2020.

Data

The JSNA was developed by community planning partners between August 2020 and March 2021. It reviewed available national and partnership data to find out which issues were particularly prevalent across Falkirk. Data was taken from both before and during COVID-19 restrictions, where available, in order to identify where issues were getting worse. The Assessment reviewed data related to population and demographics, health and wellbeing, employment and the economy, equalities, children and families, and housing, among others. The Assessment concluded some of the priority issues in Falkirk to be:

  • Poverty
  • Economic recovery
  • Employment
  • Mental health, in particular high rates of suicide
  • Substance use, in particular high rates of drug related death
  • Domestic abuse
Falkirk JSNA

Community Engagement

The data review pointed to the biggest issues statistically, but it was important that communities were able to influence the plan based on their own experiences. We wanted to hear from communities about what they felt were the most important issues within their own communities.

During April 2020, the partnership held a series of online meetings for community groups and residents to tell us about their experiences and what were, ibn their opinion, the main issues within their communities. They also informed us how they wanted to work with us to tackle these issues.

Further engagement took place on specific themes to capture further information and insight from service-users, professionals or those that are affected by these issues or members of those communities. These focused on the priorities identified in the JSNA and other prevalent issues that arose from the place-based meetings. For example, additional meetings were held with those from the recovery community, volunteers from domestic abuse services, and volunteers that worked in the Covid-19 response to support those experiencing poverty.

Analysis

The results from the data review and engagement were analysed alongside existing national and local policy to ensure the priorities reached were consistent with overall goals for the Falkirk area, and Scotland.

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