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Our vision and strategy

The Let's Do It! Strategy sets out a clear ambition and delivery plan for the next 10 years. But it is not just a strategy for service improvement, it is a radical new proposition for community power; putting relationships first and creating a borough in which every single person plays their part.

Our vision for Bury 2030 is built upon conversations with communities and the goal is simple; to stand out as a place that is achieving faster economic growth than the national average, with lower than national average levels of deprivation.

This is, however, challenging given our starting point in 2020. Bury is less deprived than others but over the last four years direction of travel has changed and:

  • Bury has become relatively more deprived compared to others; more people are living in (the same) areas of deprivation now than in 2015
  • the proportion of your life spent in good health has decreased by two years for men, and increased by four years for women
  • the likelihood of being in work has reduced from 73 percent to 71 percent
  • attainment in primary schools has got better but other places are improving faster.

By 2030 we will collectively tackle these deep-rooted issues by giving everyone the encouragement and support to play their part, joining together the delivery of all public services as one and delivering an ambitious plan for both social and economic infrastructure.

Poverty strategy

Over the past few decades Bury has undergone significant regeneration. The town centre is thriving and there are superb travel links, popular schools and colleges, excellent employment opportunities and outstanding leisure, sport and recreational facilities. However, not all of Bury's residents are sharing the benefits. There are severe pockets of deprivation across the borough.

The Bury Partnership Anti-Poverty Strategy 2018-2021 is a borough-wide document which seeks to tackle inequality through targeted strategies of support to build resilience, empower local people and reduce demand on services. It will be delivered by an accompanying action plan, focusing partnership activity around three key priorities:

  • early intervention and prevention
  • financial inclusion and resilience
  • developing skills and increasing employability.

Data quality policy

Timely and accurate information is the basis for effective decision making and managing performance at all levels of the organisation. To this end, we have a data quality policy to promote an appropriate and consistent approach to the collection, calculation and application of data across the council.