Shaping North Ayrshire process
Community facilities - libraries, community centres, local environment. Social isolation has a cost in terms of both physical and mental health of individuals, so this investment is not a cost, it's a net benefit. Now that the Health and Social Care Partnership is set up, there needs to be budget alignment so that cost-efficiencies, such as earlier discharge from hospital for elderly people under a care package, can be realised. For those who need to move to full-time care, use the efficiencies of a shared budget to do that - it costs twice as much to keep an elderly person in hospital per day compared to a care home so use the partnership budget to reduce those waiting times (and save money).
There is potential in the Community Wealth Building (CWB) idea - keeping money within the local economy where possible. North Ayrshire should invest in developing and supporting Social Enterprises to capitalise on CWB.
Social Enterprises would employ local people and have no shareholders taking profits. Any profits would be reinvested either in the enterprise or in the community. Social Enterprises also have the ability to apply for funding, which could bring additional money into the local economy.
Stevenston town and Stevenston to Kilwinning rroundabout.