Aberdeen City Council committed to tackling poverty

This is #ChallengePoverty week – an opportunity to highlight the issue and to raise awareness and build support to stem the rising tide of poverty.

Aberdeen City Council through its commitment to the city’s Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP) and as a key partner of Community Planning Aberdeen (CPA) is working in partnership with public, private and third sector organisations and community groups to help find solutions to end poverty and to create ‘a place where all people can prosper’.

The LOIP has three themes: Economy, People and Place and there are many ways that working together will improve the outcomes for the people, place and economy of Aberdeen; now and in the future.

Councillor Jenny Laing, Chair of Aberdeen Planning Aberdeen, said: “We are committed to doing all we can to help tackle poverty and reduce the effects it can have on those experiencing it and the impact it has on our communities.

“As we look ahead, we are dealing with the additional impact of COVID-19, which continues to unfold in a challenging and potentially uncertain financial environment. However we will continue to work together, with the private sector, the third sector and our communities, to build on achievements to date in order that we can remain on track to realise our vision of Aberdeen as a place where all people can prosper and no one lives in poverty.”

Community Planning Aberdeen’s annual report this year was published in exceptional circumstances as the Covid-19 pandemic had only began to impact on every area of society although it did not affect the CPA’s overall performance during 2019/20, given the pandemic arrived only a few weeks before the end of the reporting year.

The Partnership’s ethos of cooperation and collaboration and relentless determination yielded great results during 2019/20. Over the course of the year the CPA had initiated 52 improvement projects which seek to tackle diverse issues and deliver wide ranging benefits for the city’s economy, people and place.

  • 4.8% increase in the number of people employed in growth sectors and 45 new enterprises starting up since last year.
  • 8% increase in the number of people who have basic digital tools since 2018.
  • 2.3% increase in people in living wage employment since 2018, with five more employers across the City receiving accreditation.
  • 93.2% of the city’s young people have reached a positive destination, which is up from previous years, including in the City’s most deprived areas.
  • 93 young people undertaking and completing a foundation apprenticeship from just 17 last year.
  • 93% of families who need additional support are now receiving an offer of service within 30 days; which surpasses our aim of 80%.
  • 17% increase of kinship care placements this year enabling care experienced children and young people to remain in kinship care which has a very positive impact on mental and physical health and wellbeing.
  • An increase from 73.9% to 76% since 2016/17 in the number of care experienced young people attaining one or more qualifications at SCQF level 4 and sustained positive destinations have increased from 73.9% to 79% during the same period.

In the same week as #ChallengingPoverty, the CPA in partnership with Business in the Community (BITC) have invited businesses across Aberdeen to take part in a corporate social responsibility online event from 10am-11.40am today (Thursday 08 October). For any businesses unable to attend current opportunities on how they can get involved with improving communities are available on the CSR platform. 

Community Planning Aberdeen consists of Aberdeen City Council; ACVO; Aberdeen Civic Forum; North East Scotland College; Police Scotland; Scottish Fire and Rescue; Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership; NHS Grampian; NESTRANS; Skills Development Scotland; Scottish Enterprise; Active Aberdeen Partnership and the University of Aberdeen.