The Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development (SLAED) Indicators Report for 2017/18 was published on 6 December 2018. The publication coincided with the SLAED-EDAS annual conference.
The report highlights that:
The report is based on data provided by all 32 of Scotland’s councils. It summarises the wide range of areas where local authorities are making a significant contribution to the economy of Scotland.
The framework on which the report is based is designed to provide a consistent basis for collecting data and evidence on what councils throughout Scotland are delivering as local economic development bodies. The report highlights the importance of council-led economic development activities, demonstrating the contribution that is made to local and national economic outcomes across Scotland.
The report also reflects the central importance of local authorities in relation to the Scottish Government’s inclusive growth priority. Councils across Scotland have had a long-standing commitment to economic and social policies that seek to target and support disadvantaged individuals and geographic areas. Reflecting the commitment to this agenda, eight new inclusive growth measures have been included in the 2017/18 report for the first time.
Jim Savege, CEO of Aberdeenshire Council and SOLACE portfolio lead for economic development, said:
“The achievement of these significant outcomes demonstrates the value that councils place on economic development – both in their direct economic development role and across the broader range of council services that positively impact on the economy. It also highlights how councils have sought to prioritise this important area, despite operating in a continuing period of intense budget pressures.”
Pamela Smith, Chair of SLAED, said:
“This report summarises the hard work that goes on across Scotland’s councils to support the Scottish economy. The report is used by councils to understand better where we are making a difference and, importantly, to highlight where there may be scope for us to make an even greater impact.”