The National Performance Framework (NPF)
sets the Scottish Government’s high level ambitions for delivering its purpose of creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth.
The NPF states that “well-designed, sustainable places, both urban and rural, support people's physical and mental wellbeing” and it specifically mentions the importance of access to greenspace.
It recognises that the ability of Scottish businesses to succeed will depend upon “attractive well connected places to live and work that build on Scotland's natural assets in terms of cities, towns…” and an “approach to health and well-being that ensures that all of Scotland's people enjoy a level of physical and mental health which allows them to maximise their potential.”
The role of our local environments is crucial in underpinning wellbeing and addressing the inequality that exists in our communities: “Our satisfaction with our neighbourhoods has an important influence on the overall quality of our lives. In Scotland as a whole, more than 9 in 10 adults rate their neighbourhood as either very good or fairly good. However, the neighbourhood rating is significantly lower in more deprived areas” and “the proportion rating their neighbourhood as very good increases significantly as deprivation declines. Of those living in the 20% most deprived areas of Scotland in 2014, 30% rate their neighbourhood as a very good place to live, rising to 76% for those living in the 20% least deprived areas.”
The relationship between health, physical activity and productivity is acknowledged “We can make a significant contribution to the Government's Purpose by increasing the amount of time people spend in good health, by increasing their ability to take part in the workforce, by improving productivity and through population growth. In combination, these factors will promote economic sustainability.” In support of this, one of the National Performance Indicators included in the National Performance Framework is to “Increase people's use of Scotland's outdoors”.
The ERDF Horizontal Themes correlate well with the NPF, through the Wealthier and Fairer and the Safer and Stronger objectives, including a number of National Outcomes, including:
- We have strong, resilient and supportive communities where people take responsibility for their own actions and how they affect others; and
- We live in well-designed, sustainable places where we are able to access the amenities and services we need.