Support for businesses among achievements noted in performance report

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Published: Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

Jobs are being created and safeguarded in the Borders thanks to business grants.

This progress was among a range of positive achievements reported to our  Executive Committee as part of the performance report for the second quarter of 2017/2018 (July to September). 

The committee also heard that school exclusions have fallen and more people are directing their own care and support. 

Highlights:

  • £40,000 of business loans and over £20,000 in grants awarded, which have safeguarded and created new jobs
  • The number of school pupils being excluded has dropped by 23% compared to the same period last year
  • Almost 71% of  adults are now directing their own care and support compared to 41%  last year
  • The percentage of new Social Work service users receiving a service within six weeks of assessment was 98% for this period, remaining above the target of 95%
  • The Council’s total energy consumption this year to date is 7% less than the same period last year
  • 48 apprentices are employed with SBC, up from 36 in September last year
  • 88.7% of ‘stage two’ complaints received by the Council were dealt with within the target of 20 working days, compared to 57.6% in the previous quarter

Councillor Simon Mountford, Executive Member for Transformation and HR:

“These quarterly performance reports are an important indicator of how the Council is doing across all of our services and help to ensure that we focus on the key priorities.

“I’m particularly pleased to see that we are continuing to support businesses who can in turn employ new staff and protect their existing workforces. 

“The number of people making informed choices on what their care support looks like and how it is delivered has increased significantly. This is positive news as we continue to strive to meet our target of having all clients using the Self-Directed Support approach by the end of next year.

“By reviewing our performance information on a regular basis we can see where performance is improving, where we need to focus our efforts and where there are real challenges.”

More information

View the reports to the Executive Committee.