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  • Launch of consultation to help shape the regionís economic future

    Created: 18/06/2021

    People, businesses, and organisations across Fife are urged to take part in a major consultation to help shape the economic future of the region and to ensure prosperity.

    The Regional Prosperity Framework is a draft plan for building the economy of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region. It looks at a wide range of important issues. Including transport, housing, education and digital inclusion, economic development and climate change. Views are now sought from across the South East Scotland Region to inform the plan’s further development.

    Individuals, businesses and other organisations, professional bodies and charities are all encouraged to take part. The Regional Prosperity Framework will inform future policy creation across a range of organisations – all aimed at ensuring the region is as resilient as possible going forward, despite current challenges, and has the right infrastructure in place to be a key contributor to Scotland’s economy.

    Cllr David Ross, Fife Council’s Co-Leader and Joint Committee Chair, Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, said: “The consultation has been broken down into sections with guided questions to make it as easy as possible for everyone to give us their thoughts and views."

    “The draft strategy has a strong focus on addressing the challenges of climate change, sustainability, biodiversity loss, inequalities, health and well-being, and the need to create new jobs and businesses while enabling a transition to a net zero economy."

    “I urge as many people who work or live in Fife to take part."

    Key themes in the consultation include:

    FLOURISHING economy, environment & ecology, households & places
    RESILIENT workforce, climate responses, infrastructure & buildings
    INNOVATIVE Private Sector, Third Sector (including Further & Higher Education) Public Sector

    The consultation launches on Monday 14 June and can be completed here. The closing date for responses is Monday 26 July.

    Claire Pattullo, Chief Executive Officer at Edinburgh Social Enterprise, added:This is a hugely important piece of work, particularly as we move into the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and are still assessing the effects of Brexit. The draft has been created to stimulate debate and invite comments to help shape a finalised framework. This will be a document that sets out long-term aspirations for the region and informs policy development for the next 20 years.

    “It has been developed with input from public, private and third sector organisations and aims to address the region’s challenges and opportunities to make Edinburgh and South East Scotland a better place to live, work, study, visit and invest for current and future generations.”

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