Sunderland is a fantastic, forward-looking city undergoing continued transformation and economic regeneration. It has a global reputation as a welcoming and inclusive place in which to live, work, invest and play.
However, the council and the city face key challenges including:
On top of these the council also has the continued pressures arising from the government's austerity measures, increasing adult social care costs and the potential impacts of Brexit.
Because of these challenges and pressures, whilst the statutory requirement for councils to produce a strategic plan was long since removed, the council remains committed to robust strategic planning, openness and accountability to stakeholders.
The updated and ambitious Final Draft City Plan "Sunderland 2019-2030", will address the key challenges for the city and capitalise on key opportunities to ensure that all residents and communities can benefit from the transformation.
The Final Draft City Plan will be the council's overarching strategic plan for the period 2019/2020 to 2029/2030.
Progress in respect of the City Plan will be managed via the council's Corporate Performance Management arrangements which identify Key Milestones, Performance Measures, Targets and accountabilities for each of the City Plan Timeline Activities.
The City Plan will be underpinned by delivery and project level plans, and individual appraisal arrangements which will break down City Plan content into operational and management activities to create a clear "golden thread" of empowerment, responsibility and accountability from the council's ambitions to service and individual activities and vice-versa.
The City Plan will therefore play a key role in supporting the council's and partners' efforts to ensure that Sunderland will be:
The Final Draft City Plan will be reported to Cabinet on 16 July 2019 with a view to it being recommended for approval by Full Council in September.
In line with the council's approach to carbon reduction and cost saving, the final City Plan will be published electronically here following its approval by Full Council.