Our Plans and Priorities

Corporate Strategy 2017-21

The Comhairle recently reviewed the Corporate Strategy in light of the new Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (LOIP) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) and the election of a new Council.  A formal Consultation on the Proposed Corporate Strategy 2017-21 concluded 15th November 2017 and the finalised Strategy was approved in December 2017.  New Service Business Plans  were developed as per the new strategic priorities to evidence ongoing viability and demonstrate how the proposed outcomes of the new Strategy will be met to 2021. 

The Comhairle’s Corporate Strategy 2017-21 four main strategic priorities are to:

  • Strengthen local Economy and Jobs.
  • Strengthen and maintain Communities and Housing.
  • Improve Education, Skills and Training to meet the needs of the local economy.
  • Improve Quality of Life, Wellbeing and Health in partnership with the population of the Western Isles.

Reporting Performance and Progress

The Comhairle’s Strategic Priorities will be supported by robust governance arrangements and underpinned by action plans and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which will be reported through Service Business Plan Monitoring on the Comhairle’s performance management system and through Directors’ performance monitoring presentations to Committee.   Progress with the Comhairle’s Corporate Strategy will be reviewed and reported annually. 

Local Outcome Improvement Plan 2017-27

Community Planning is how public agencies work together with the Community to plan and deliver better services which make a difference to people’s lives. In 2015 the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 placed a duty on Community Planning Partners to demonstrate that they are making a significant impact on the achievement of outcomes as a result of partnership working. In doing so the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partnerships prepared a Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (LOIP) in line with national guidelines. 

The priorities for the OHCPP over the next 10 – 20 years are:

  • The Outer Hebrides retains and attracts people to ensure a sustainable population;
  • The Outer Hebrides has sustainable economic growth and all our people have access to appropriate employment opportunities; and
  • The islands offer attractive opportunities that improve the quality of life, wellbeing and health for all our people.

Additional Information

Strategy, Performance and Research

Community Engagement

E-Sgìre (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) is a communities website and one of a series of complementary initiatives which seeks to improve the Comhairle's community engagement and helps to fulfil its statutory obligations with regard to reporting its performance publicly.