Economic Development

Local Government Benchmarking Framework

Local Government Benchmarking Framework

Service Overview
 

Economic development services encourage regeneration, business development, assisting people into work and promoting high quality developments. The major elements of the economic development service covered within SPI2 is focus on unemployed people in an area assisted into work from council funded/ operated employability programmes.

 
Council Performance

Highlights

  •  % Unemployed People Assisted into work from Council operated / funded Employability Programmes has been consistent with the previous year, however, Fife remains in the third quartile.


Areas for Improvement

  • Participation will continue in the Benchmarking working groups set up as part of the LGBF with performance and Service staff attending these events.  This will be used to identify additional areas for improvement to those shown below over the coming year.


Table 1 below illustrates how Fife compares with the average of other Councils in Scotland on a common set of measures around Economic Development: 

 

Key to rankings in Table 1.

Quartile Rankings
Top Quartile Rank 1 - 8
  Rank 9 - 16
  Rank 17 - 24
Bottom Quartile Rank 25 - 32

 

Table 1. 

 

Local Government Benchmarking Framework

2012/13

Scotland - Value 2012/13

2013/14

Scotland - Value 2013/14

2014/15

Scotland - Value 2014/15

2015/16

Scotland - Value 2015/16

Value

LGBF PIs

Value

LGBF PIs

Value

LGBF PIs

Value

LGBF PIs

% Unemployed People Assisted into work from Council operated / funded Employability Programmes

7%

9.6%

7%

12.5%

12%

14.1%

11.89%

14.1%

Cost per planning application

£5,108.01

£6188.00

£3,716.45

£4437.80

£4,317.54

£4251.10

£4,348.42

£4939.20

Average time taken to deliver a commercial planning application decision

16.46

13

15.03

12.9

17.83

10.9

17.6

11.2

% of procurement spent on local small/medium enterprises

16%

20.3%

15%

19.6%

20%

19.6%

19%

19.7%

No of business gateway start-ups per 10,000 population

15.92

 *

22

19

21.81

18.9

15.92

16.9

 

* Not Published

 

What the Council is doing to improve services

Fife will continue to increase the performance of the employability pathway and increase the number of unemployed people accessing employment, working with the following eight key target groups:

  • Long term unemployed (2 years + for over 25s, 6 months + for under 25s)

  • Those with literacy and numeracy issues

  • Those facing digital exclusion

  • Young people in danger of being Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET)

  • Looked after young people

  • Ex-offenders

  • Those with health and disability issues

  • Those with family and/or caring responsibilities

 

Support education, colleges and training providers to develop programmes that meet the needs of local businesses in respect of newly identified key growth sectors.


We want to hear from you!

There isn’t “one size fits all” answer to gathering perceptions, opinions and suggestions, so a variety of methods are available:

  • Have Your Say on consultations that are going on locally

  • Become a member of Fife People’s Panel and give your views on a range of topics that relate to living in Fife through regular surveys

  • Visit our committee section for council committee dates, review reports and information on how to feedback your comments to your councillor

  • Use our feedback form to give feedback on Fife Council Services

 

 

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