A plan to support residents and businesses across North Lanarkshire through the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic has been published by the council.
The document highlights some of the ways in which NLC has continued to deliver services throughout the health crisis and it sets out how it will recover services and the principles at the heart of the recovery process.
Councillor Jim Logue, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has changed all our lives in so many ways. We recognise that these changes bring challenges in realising our ambition that North Lanarkshire is the place to Live, Learn, Work, Invest and Visit.
“Throughout the pandemic, we have supported people and businesses across North Lanarkshire. We have had to adapt the ways in which we deliver services in a whole host of ways. However, our commitment to helping people in our communities has been at the heart of everything we do. And, as we recover, that commitment remains the same.”
The plan makes clear that the council retains its ambitious plans for the future, both in terms of transforming towns and communities and reshaping services that support residents, businesses and the economic recovery.
The council’s major programmes of work are continuing, including an investment programme of £3.5 billon over the next decade.
Councillor Logue continued: “Although coronavirus has had a major impact on services and communities, we are still determined to deliver the Plan for North Lanarkshire.
“For example, although the Scottish Government has removed the legal obligation for councils to provide 1140 hours of free childcare to young children, North Lanarkshire is one of the few larger councils to commit to delivering this policy in the current year.
“We are doing this because we understand the benefit to children and parents, for learning, for wellbeing and to support economic recovery. Residents are at the heart of everything we do and we’d like to thank them for all they are doing, to keep our communities safe.”