Work to create opportunities for good quality jobs for local people – Produce West Lancashire economic strategy
Securing local jobs for local people is a core element of the sustainable regeneration and growth commitment within WLBC’s Business Plan. The West Lancashire Economic Study from 2009, commissioned by the Council, set a challenge for the area – laying a foundation for economic recovery that surpassed its recent past.
The Skelmersdale Vision town centre action plan has progressed to outline planning permission and the scheme is now being marketed. Improvements in transport and hi-speed broadband are being developed with partners to enhance the local economic infrastructure and investment is planned in enhancing local industrial estates. The West Lancashire economic strategy will want to ensure that the local labour market is well placed to take advantage of these developments and that the local economy is further improved by addressing the legacy of generational unemployment in some areas of the borough.
To develop an appropriate labour market initiative(s) within the emerging West Lancashire economic strategy that improve the life chances of residents and have a positive impact on the West Lancashire economy, including:
The West Lancashire Economic Study will form the basis for the new strategic approach and partners are currently considering their options for refreshing its data set. The Local Economy and Employment evidence paper for the Local Plan 2012-2027 also provides an overview of economic activity in the area and identified key actions including:
West Lancashire Council for Voluntary Service, which hosts the West Lancs Challenge Project, has carried out regular evaluation of the scheme and is able to report on its outcomes – there is an opportunity to develop this further in terms of longer term tracking and the identification of referrals that are not taken up and other missed opportunities.
Further data for analysis can be found at:
Nationally8 we also know that:
6. NOMIS, Labour Market Profile, West Lancashire 2012
7. West Lancashire Local Plan, local economy and employment evidence paper, 2013
8. How fair is Britain?, EHRC, October 2010