I joined the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Initiative because I believe in sharing ideas and working together to benefit our cities. Being part of a global community and looking at the ‘bigger picture’ will be hugely beneficial, especially to a small city like ours. Learning from other Mayors and City Leaders will be incredibly useful in helping me tackle a range of inequalities across our city region, from low wages in our rural hinterland to pockets of higher unemployment and deprivation in Perth itself.
Murray Lyle was first elected local councillor in 2007, re-elected in 2012 and again in 2017. He was elected as his Group leader and Leader of the Council in February 2018. Before becoming Leader his interests were in Planning and how decisions taken now can influence the future of an area. As Leader, his priority is for the good of the whole of Perth & Kinross. He believes in encouraging community engagement to involve local people in issues that directly affect them. His priority is to grow and co-operate with businesses, to work with other council leaders locally and on a national level. He believes in sharing ideas and learning from the positives to successfully grow our cities.
Councillor Lyle chairs the Perth & Kinross Community Planning Partnership whose members include all the key bodies charged with delivering statutory and non-statutory services. In addition to the Council it also includes, for example, the National Health Service, Police Scotland, Perth College and Skills Development Scotland. A local Outcome Improvement Plan identifies actions and the Mayor has overall responsibility for ensuring its delivery.
The Plan is focused on creating:
– A Prosperous, Sustainable and Inclusive Economy;
– Giving Every Child the Best Start in Life;
– Developing Educated, Responsible and Informed Citizens;
– Supporting People to Lead Independent, Health and Active Lives; and
– Creating a Safe and Sustainable Place for Future Generations