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Focus on: Rural Growth deal for Argyll and Bute?
Public, private and voluntary sector organisations are coming together to back transformational investment in Argyll and Bute from the UK and Scottish Governments.
Argyll and Bute Council is leading a bid for a rural growth deal that would see the area benefit from the kind of support received by regions across Scotland through city deals.
If the overall approach for the deal is agreed at next week’s Policy and Resources Committee, members of the public will be invited to get involved in bringing investment to Argyll and Bute through consultation.
Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, Councillor Aileen Morton, said: “We want people and businesses to thrive in Argyll and Bute. We are developing proposals for UK and Scottish Government investment in our area as part of a rural growth deal.
“Argyll and Bute has been recognised as one of Scotland’s most promising regions. Our landscape and natural resources bring huge opportunities for economic growth.
“To turn opportunity into action though we need more people. Population forecasts estimate that by 2027 will need another 10,000 working-age people to keep our businesses open, deliver public services, teach our children, look after our older residents.
“Delivering a prosperous future that retains and attracts the people we need demands more support than the Council alone can give. Therefore, along with our partners and the private sector, we are developing proposals for discussion with the Scottish and UK Governments.”
Did you know?
Nominations open for Community Council By-Elections: Nominations are now open for the upcoming Community Council By-Elections taking place on Thursday, June 28.
Vacancies exist on 12 Community Councils in Argyll and Bute. Nomination packs are available at Customer Service Points and can also be downloaded at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/elections
The nomination process closes on Thursday, May 24, at 4pm.
Fifteen couples in Argyll and Bute to tie the knot on royal day: As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare to tie the knot in Windsor tomorrow, 500 miles north in Argyll and Bute, 15 other happy couples will be doing the same.
Council sets out direction for workforce of the future: “We want to create more opportunities for people to have rewarding jobs with us and to benefit from the extensive opportunities that we can offer.” These were the words of Argyll and Bute Council Leader, Councillor Aileen Morton, talking about the council’s new Strategic Workforce Plan.
The plan sets out the direction for the council’s workforce of the future and identifies its priorities for the next four years.
Council launches Gaelic language plan: The Council has agreed a Gaelic action plan that aims to get more people to learn and speak the language and make the most of the economic benefits that it brings.
Work with us
We've a range of jobs on offer this week - if you're interested we'd love you to come work for us.
They include: local tax assistant, pupil escort, childcare and education worker, youth work assistant, trainee solicitor, public transport officer, and various teaching posts. To find out more please visit My Job Scotland.
How should decisions about local services be made? Let the council’s Chief Executive and his team know what you think at one our Big Listen events that are taking place across Argyll and Bute.
Your views will influence a national review that could affect anyone who uses or delivers public services.
Our next news round-up will be issued on Friday 25 May 2018.