Delivering a healthier city for all ages

Council Commitments on strong and vibrant communities

  1. Continue to integrate Health and Social Care Services. Review the Integration Joint Board's approach to support at home by 2018
  2. Take steps to increase the length and flexibility of care visits and increase the availability of care to help people live in their own homes
  3. Put exercise at the heart of our health strategy by increasing access to sport and leisure facilities
  4. Work with the Integration Joint Board (NHS &Council Social Care) and other agencies to prioritise early intervention and prevention in mental health services
  5. Review the application process and increase the budget for housing adaptations with a view to supporting more disabled tenants and owners to remain in their own homes. Help older and disabled homeowners to move to more suitable housing should they wish to do so
  6. Build a new sports centre at Meadowbank by 2021
  7. Continue to upgrade our existing parks and plant an additional 1,000 trees in communities. Protect major recreational areas such as the Meadows, Leith Links and Princes Street Gardens
  8. Increase allotment provision and support and expand the network and the number of community gardens and food growing initiatives
  9. Establish a Child Poverty Action Unit to address the inequalities faced by children in poverty in our city. Its remit will look at food security and nutrition, tackle food poverty and holiday hunger and enhance nutrition in schools. Ensure that a Poverty Assessment section features in all Council reports
  10. Continue to support the city's major festivals which generate jobs and boost local businesses and increase the funding for local festivals and events. Support the creation of further work spaces for artists and craftspeople