UPDATE: Restrictions on emails have been lifted

We now have sufficient confidence our systems and servers have not been affected by the recent cyber attack on our ICT provider, Sopra Steria, that we have lifted the block on external emails.

As you would expect, there are a large number of emails that have been quarantine but work is well under way to release them and should be completed by the end of tomorrow (Friday).

Thank you for your patience and support whilst we have worked to safely resolve the situation.    


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Looking to the Future, new council strategy

It is important to be ambitious about what we want for the future of the county and clear about how we’re going to make it happen.

Looking to the Future sets out the council’s vision and level of ambition for the county over the coming years, and what it will do to support improved outcomes and quality of life for every community and business across Gloucestershire.


Adapted from those established through Vision 2050 to reflect the role the council plays, Looking to the Future  sets out nine ambitions for the future of the county:

  • A Magnet county - A growing working age population, with more 18-40 year olds with high level qualifications choosing to live and work in the county
  • An Innovative county - More businesses starting up, growing and investing in research and innovation
  • A Skilled county - More people with high-level skills and jobs in skilled occupations
  • A Prosperous county - Rising productivity and household incomes offering higher living standards
  • An Inclusive county - The economic and social benefits of growth to be felt by all
  • A Healthy county - People to have a good work/life balance and improved health and wellbeing
  • A Connected county - Improved transport and internet connections so that people and businesses can connect with each other more easily
  • A Sustainable county - More efficient use of resources and more use of sustainable energy
  • A Resilient county - Active, resilient local communities that keep people safe, provide them with support and help them to make a positive contribution


Under the following headings, a range of actions have been set out in Looking to the Future, that will help achieve these ambitions:

Read Looking to the Future

Being ambitious about what we want to achieve will help the county go from strength to strength in the years ahead. There are challenges we must overcome and opportunities we must make the most of but by being clear about what it is we want to achieve, we can be successful and ensure everyone in the county reaps the benefits of that success.

Taking the Vision 2050 ambitions, adapting them reflect our role, adds further weight to an already shared picture for the future, which is important because only if partners and communities are pulling in the same direction will we truly be successful.

A series of public roadshows to discuss Looking to the Future have been organised during November, starting in Gloucester on 1 November and ending in Cheltenham on 30 November.


Thursday 1 November 1.45pm - 4.45pm

Tuesday 13 November 9am - 3pm

Wednesday 21 November 12pm - 3pm

Thursday 22 November 11am - 2pm

Friday 23 November 10am - 1pm

Thursday 29 November 10am - 1pm

Friday 30 November 11.30am - 2.30pm

Please take the time to let us know what you think about Looking to the Future and what part you might be able to play.

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