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Hertfordshire County Council

 

Opportunity to live in thriving places

  • We have committed to identifying opportunities to deliver good, sustainable growth. This has led to us creating our own private limited company, Herts Living Ltd, to build and invest in real estate in Hertfordshire, in a manner that's consistent with our wider objectives.
  • Having declared a climate emergency in July 2019, we have prepared our Sustainable Hertfordshire Strategy, which sets specific targets to help tackle climate change and associated issues. The strategy recognises our role in leading change through our own services and aims to influence and inspire others to act.
  • Working with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and NHS Public Health partners, we have created a vibrant new library right in the heart of Hatfield.

Read more in the annual report:
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Opportunity to share in Hertfordshire's prosperity

  • The Hertfordshire Broadband Programme has so far made more than 36,000 superfast connections available to residents and businesses in Hertfordshire, during the current phase. More than 6,100 of these were made available during 2019-20.
  • During 2019-20, we launched the Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal (HOP). Students, employers and residents wishing to upskill can now ‘HOP’ into all the resources they need to make informed career decisions. They can also find out more about career path options, apprenticeships and work experience, skills development and professional qualification programmes.
  • Following public consultation in 2020, we have progressed our vision for the A414 corridor - councillors have formally recommended that we develop proposals for a Mass Rapid Transit system along this important east-west link.

Read more in the annual report:
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Opportunity for everyone to achieve their potential

  • Our affiliated business partner, Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service (HAFLS) runs a wide range of quality and approved courses for adults aged 19+, aimed to help improve people’s lives. In 2019-2020, HAFLS supported 4,850 people in lifelong learning opportunities.
  • In April 2019, we launched a new integrated young carers support service. This followed an extensive service review and remodelling, in consultation with young carers and wider stakeholders, to ensure that we continue to deliver our statutory duty to carers under 18 in the county.

Statistics for 2019-20:

  • 67% of pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics at Key Stage 2 – higher than 65% nationally.
  • 88% of Hertfordshire schools judged 'good' or 'outstanding' by Ofsted as of March 2020.
  • Only 2.56% of 16-17 year olds not in education, employment or training – one of the lowest rates in the country.

Read more in the annual report:
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Opportunity to enjoy healthy and safe lives

  • Throughout the year, Adult Care Services have been working with partners in health to deliver a collaborative works programme, designed to look after the needs of local residents and local communities.
  • The #JustTalk mental health campaign has continued to run in schools, colleges and community settings across Hertfordshire. It is led by Public Health with over 20 agencies working in partnership.

Statistics for 2019-20:

  • 1,240 Families First assessments were completed, relating to a total of 3,143 young people.
  • 461 children were subject to child protection plans - at a rate of 17 per 10,000 this is one of the lowest in the country.
  • 351 children were looked after in Hertfordshire - at a rate of 35.1 per 10,000 this is one of the lowest in the country.

Read more in the annual report:
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