North Lanarkshire

The Place and its People

North Lanarkshire is situated in west-central Scotland, bordering Glasgow City to its west. It is the fourth largest local authority in Scotland in terms of population, with nearly 340,000 residents.

North Lanarkshire has many strengths, including:

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A prime location for local businesses and people, with affordable land and housing

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Excellent employability support

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Access to valued green, leisure and visitor resources (including Strathclyde Country Park, Drumpellier Country Park, Palacerigg Country Park, Kilsyth Hills and the Forth and Clyde Cana)

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Many excellent public services

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A rich and diverse Community and Voluntary Sector (CVS) providing cost-effective support and services

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Supportive and caring communities with a strong volunteering culture

North Lanarkshire’s people live in eight towns as
well as many villages and smaller settlements.
These are clustered into the following nine

Long-term pressure on public sector budgets, the COVID-19 pandemic and current high levels of inflation are making it more difficult to reduce deprivation and improve health in North Lanarkshire. However, there is a strong commitment across the public, CVS, and business
sectors to work together to improve quality of life, wellbeing, equality and environmental sustainability

North Lanarkshire’s Communities

North Lanarkshire’s people live in eight towns, many villages and smaller settlements, clustered into the following nine localities:

  • Airdrie
  • Bellshill
  • Coatbridge
  • Cumbernauld
  • Kilsyth
  • Motherwell
  • Northern Corridor
  • Shotts
  • Wishaw

Each of these localities are supported by:

North Lanarkshire Organisations

North Lanarkshire’s people and communities are supported by a large number of CVS, public sector, and business organisations.

The Plan for North Lanarkshire

The Plan for North Lanarkshire is the strategic plan for the area, setting out shared priorities and porposed actions around five ambitions:

Improve economic opportunities and outcomes

Support all children and young people to realise their full potential

Improve the health and wellbeing of our communities

Enhance participation, capacity and empowerment across our communities

Improve North Lanarkshire’s resource base

Delivery of the Plan for North Lanarkshire is supported by all the sectors and organisations listed in the section above, which work together through the North Lanarkshire (Community Planning) Partnership and other partnerships.

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