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Agenda Item No

Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Audit Committee: 21st September 2015

 

Report of the Managing Director

 

Regulatory Reports Tracking 2015

 

Purpose of the Report

  1. To inform Members of progress made to date by the Council in addressing current recommendations and improvement proposals from external regulators.

Recommendations

  1. That Members note progress made to date in addressing the recommendations/ improvement proposals that have been made by external regulators.
  2. That completed actions be removed from the Regulatory Tracking report.

Reasons for the Recommendations

  1. In order to achieve continuous improvement of Council services.
  2. In order to maintain an up to date audit trail of the Vale's progress in addressing regulatory recommendations/ improvement proposals.

Background

  1. The Council has a number of regulators, who pass judgements about the work of the Council and who make various recommendations/proposals for improvements to services. These reports and recommendations/ improvement proposals are generally brought to Audit Committee and are often also considered by relevant Scrutiny Committees and Cabinet. Actions arising from regulatory reports are also included in Service Plans, with progress reported quarterly to Scrutiny Committees.
  2. The Regulatory Tracking report attached at Appendix 1 brings together in one report progress made by the Council to date in addressing all current regulatory recommendations and improvement proposals.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. Appendix 1 contains a list of outstanding recommendations/ improvement proposals made in regulatory reports since January 2011 from Estyn, the Wales Audit Office and the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales.
  2. It is proposed that Audit Committee receive a six-monthly report, with progress updates on the implementation of these recommendations/ improvement proposals.
  3. The progress outlined in the attached report has been previously reported (and noted) via appropriate channels including Cabinet, relevant Scrutiny Committees, the Shared Regulatory Services Joint Committee, Chairmen and Vice Chairmen group and the Corporate Safeguarding Working Group.
  4. Members of the Audit Committee are asked to agree the actions identified as completed following which they will be removed from future tracking reports.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. None specifically arising from this report, however, implementation of regulatory recommendations/ improvement proposals usually carry their own resource implications, which can be either a saving or further expenditure.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. Many of the recommendations/improvement proposals aim to ensure that services are more sustainable in the longer term.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. The Local Government Act 1999, the Wales Programme for Improvement and the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 requires that the Council secure continuous improvement across the full range of local services for which it is responsible.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. There are no crime and disorder implications arising directly from this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. Regulators must have due regard to equalities implications and many of the recommendations/ improvement proposals will improve access to services.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. Addressing and monitoring of our improvement areas demonstrates a clear contribution to the corporate priority, Community Leadership and also underpins the improvement work and outcomes of all eight corporate priorities.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. Members of the Audit Committee, relevant Scrutiny Committees and Cabinet have previously received these regulatory reports. All members via Scrutiny Committees and Cabinet have also received quarterly performance monitoring reports which incorporate progress against key regulatory actions.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Corporate Resources, Lifelong Learning, Social Care and Health, Economy and Environment

Background Papers

Regulatory Reports Tracking 2015 - Appendix 1

Contact Officer

Julia Archampong, Corporate Performance Manager

Officers Consulted

All relevant officers have been consulted on the contents of this report including:

Director of Social Services,

Director of Learning & Skills

Director of Visible & Housing

Head of Performance & Development

Heads of Service

Operational Managers

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas, Managing Director