With uncertainty around Brexit and a possible second indy ref we must work hard to diversify the Aberdeenshire economy and continue to “talk up” our region.
Our town centres face massive changes over the next decade and we will work with local businesses to keep them vibrant.
We need to boost the numbers of affordable housing and help attract key workers.
Our people need access to good mental health services and our elderly should enjoy high-quality social care. We would have community action plans for every settlement where communities can take the lead in their own future.
The need for more affordable housing remains a major issue.
We have a growing elderly population and must work with the Health and Social Care Partnership to create communities in which people can live independently for longer.
We will show the value we place on our care staff by promoting support for Unison’s Ethical Care Charter.
Our children cannot take on opportunities if they are living in poverty – tacking child poverty is essential to reducing the attainment gap.
This year we introduced carbon budgeting – it is now important to develop it and protect our environment. We will continue to develop effective community consultation.
We need many more houses.
Houses across all tenures so we can make in-roads to our housing list and provide not only affordable houses but houses people can afford.
The challenge is how to pay for that while working out how we can afford the council’s Capital Plan which is already under strain.
The council is looking at some significant expenditure on capital projects over the coming years and with decreasing budgets it is difficult to see how those projects are going to be financed.
There are major needs for better, warmer, more sustainable homes.
Affordable as well.
We have believe we can make the difference by creating “a house for Aberdeenshire” – affordable, carbon neutral, warm and high quality, creating jobs and tackling our housing crisis.
Climate change is still the most critical thing we face.
The politicians from the traditional parties have yet to wake up fully to this.
We need to lead with creating better but more sustainable places to live.
The biggest three issues are childcare, housing and public engagement.
The SNP will double the amount of free childcare available to the parents of three and four-year-olds and vulnerable two-year-olds – a move which will help to transform our economy and society. The shortage of affordable housing is a major problem in terms of keeping and attracting talent.
Together with partners, we will build 2,500 affordable homes in the next five years.
Too many people feel they aren’t involved in the way that the council spends its budgets and runs its day-to-day services.
We want to involve residents in participatory or “community choices” budgeting, which will give people a bigger say.