The council’s plans for the future have just been published.
Inside the Bolton Plan 2009 -2012, the council outlines how it is going to improve the borough with its partners to deliver a better quality of life for everyone in the Bolton family.
Produced with a lower print run, and with less design and photography, the plan echoes what the council aims for the next three years: delivering more for less.
Refreshed annually, the Bolton Plan explains what the council will do to help deliver the goals of the borough’s community strategy, Bolton: Our Vision 2007-2017.
The council and its partners have achieved some real successes in recent years but Bolton still faces some major challenges, particularly around health, educational attainment and skills.
The council has three main aims: securing economic prosperity, narrowing the inequalities gap between the most and least well-off in the borough and thirdly, transforming services to drive down costs and raise customer satisfaction. Six priority themes provide a focus for our work to improve services and narrow inequalities.
The plan outlines that the prospects for the borough remain good. Despite global economic difficulties in the short term, the long term picture for Bolton remains positive. New developments have had their funding confirmed or their finances are not affected by the global credit crisis.
Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of the Council, said: “We have made some huge achievements in the past year.
“We have narrowed the gap in life expectancy within Bolton by almost two years; educational attainment is improving, particularly at GCSE level; and more people than ever are receiving care services, which are tailored to their personal needs.
“We have managed to save £7.37 million by changing the way we do things.
“During the next three years, we will continue our ambitious change agenda to deliver significant savings while improving services. We also aim to make big improvements against our biggest challenges:”
The Bolton Plan is available on the council’s website and can also be downloaded or viewed as a virtual booklet, see link above.