Draft Priority Outcomes
CALDERDALE IS A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE HAVE GOOD HEALTH
In Calderdale where you live can have an impact on your health. If you live in certain neighbourhoods you will, on average, spend more of your life with a disability and die 9 years earlier than people living in the richest neighbourhoods.
As we start to choose healthier lifestyles we will reduce the rate of early deaths and illness in Calderdale. Fewer people will smoke, drink too much alcohol and more people will eat healthily. When we do this there will be less risk of developing cancer, diabetes or cardiovascular diseases, fewer heart attacks and less people going to hospital for alcohol related issues.
As a result of changing lifestyles and tackling housing, income levels and other factors, people in the poorest neighbourhoods will live longer without disabilities and longer overall bringer them more in line with the richest neighbourhoods.
CALDERDALE IS A PLACE WITH A BALANCED AND DYNAMIC LOCAL ECONOMY
For its income and employment, Calderdale relies on businesses in manufacturing and financial services. To make sure we have a balanced and dynamic local economy we will need to take action to support existing businesses to stay in Calderdale, but also attract and develop new business and employers, particularly those with the potential for good growth.
With more business, local people will have more job opportunities needing a range of different skills. A greater variety of jobs will lead to reduced unemployment in both younger people and the areas of Calderdale where it has been high.
Improved employment will increase income in Calderdale, which may be spent in local shops and businesses which in turn will increase growth and employment in this sector.
Additionally, new business in Calderdale will contribute towards council services through their payment of business rates, improving services, particularly for those who are most vulnerable.
Increased confidence about the future will continue to attract new investment into Calderdale, resulting in a more sustainable economy.
CALDERDALE IS A PLACE WHERE FEWER CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 LIVE IN, AND ARE BORN INTO, POVERTY.
Children who are born into a family in Calderdale who live in poverty are more likely to end up living in poverty as an adult. In Calderdale, 21% of children are living in poverty which equates to 9,660 children, of which approaching 5,000 are estimated to be below 5 years of age.
Living in poverty means that children will not do as well at school, get a job or go into training for a job. There is a greater risk of ill health, substance misuse and domestic violence.
Reducing the numbers of children living in and born into poverty means there will be fewer babies born with low birth weight and fewer infant deaths under the age of one. It will also mean that children have better physical and mental health; making them ready for school.
Families will have more income and claim less welfare benefits. Lone parents will be supported to go back into paid employment.
CALDERDALE IS A PLACE WHERE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ARE READY FOR LEARNING AND READY FOR LIFE
Some children and young people from low income families living in areas considered deprived may not have the same opportunities or experiences as other children in Calderdale. This can have a serious effect on the opportunities available to them later in life.
Education is a way of improving chances. If children across Calderdale are able to achieve similar results it will show that that all young people are participating successfully in education. This is particularly important for the very young and those at 18.
Children, young people and their families will be supported early so that their homes and local communities are safe. This will reduce the risk of harm when they are teenagers.
By supporting and guiding young people to understand what they need in order to help them through life, there will be better health, education and job outcomes for them as they grow up and become adults in Calderdale.
CALDERDALE IS A PLACE WHERE OLDER PEOPLE LIVE FULFILLING AND INDEPENDENT LIVES
In years to come there will more over 65’s living in Calderdale.
Older people will be supported to remain in control of their lives and stay comfortable in their own homes for as long as they want.
Chronic long-term conditions will be managed better at home to prevent people having to be admitted to hospital if their conditions get worse.
Older people will be safer, warmer and more physically and socially active, which will lead to less emergency admissions to hospital and less demand for traditional health and social care services.
Fewer older people will die in hospital.
The partners and carers of older people will get appropriate advice and support when they need it.
CALDERDALE IS A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE HAS A SENSE OF PRIDE AND BELONGING BASED ON MUTUAL RESPECT
Compared to other areas in West Yorkshire, fewer people in Calderdale say they feel that people from different backgrounds get on well together.
Improving relationships within and between different communities so they get on well together and mix easily will help to increase people’s sense of belonging to their neighbourhood and to Calderdale as a whole. Understanding that we are all different and accepting and respecting differences is a key sign that people within our communities are becoming more confident.
This is important because if people feel part of their community they are more likely to feel they can influence decisions in their local area and play a part in shaping its future. This may happen in many ways including; by doing voluntary work for local communities or charities, being school governors, magistrates or councillors.
This will improve trust in local in statutory agencies like the police and the council and give an increased understanding of the rights and responsibilities for local communities.
Where people from different backgrounds have similar life opportunities they will develop strong and positive relationships with each other in the workplace, in schools and within neighbourhoods.