Investment in Barnsley is highest ever

Inward investment levels in Barnsley are now at their highest ever. Since September five new businesses have relocated here, taking more than 228,000 square feet of floor space, creating more than 20 new jobs and bringing over £4 million of private sector investment.

Even more inward investment is planned, with 309 recent business property enquiries so far this year and 45 new potential investors in the pipeline.

Delivering against its promise to create a thriving and vibrant economy, Barnsley council has also helped to create 353 new private sector jobs and built 216 new homes since September. The council has also supported 49 companies to expand.

These figures are taken from Barnsley Council’s Performance Report, published today. The report shows the excellent progress made towards the council’s three key priorities. The report will be seen by Cabinet on Wednesday 8 March.

Cllr Alan Gardiner, Cabinet spokesperson for corporate services, said: “This report highlights some outstanding areas of performance. We’re also really happy to be meeting our objectives in most areas. There’s always work to be done, and we have some tough challenges ahead, but this report shows just how hard we’re working to make Barnsley a better place to work and live.”

The report highlights that four out of six looked after children achieved the expected standards of reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2 in 2016, which is above the national average. The number of young people offending is reducing, making Barnsley one of the top performing local authorities in terms of first-time entrants to the youth justice system. These achievements show that the council is supporting more people to achieve their potential, although more work is needed to help people lose weight and choose their own care using direct payments.

The council is also helping communities to become more strong and resilient. Since September 1,985 people volunteered their time, equating to a value of more than £104,000.

More customers are finding the information they need from the council’s website, with 40% of people now using council services that are now online. The council is focusing on making more services available online.

More work is needed to reduce fly tipping, as although fly tipping has decreased thanks to a recent campaign, there were still 917 incidents in quarter three. The council will keep working hard to combat this.

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