Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet 21 September 2011

Report of the Leader

Improvement Plan 2011/12


Purpose of the Report

1.             To present the final draft of the Improvement Plan 2010/11, which contains performance and improvement information for all directorates and Corporate Plan priorities.


1.             That Cabinet endorses the Improvement Plan for 2010/11;

2.             That Cabinet authorises the Chief Executive in consultation with the Leader to finalise the plan;

3.             That the final plan be referred to Council for endorsement.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             to ensure that actions are taken to improve services;

2.             to agree the plan for external audit within required timescales;

3.             to agree the plan for external audit within required timescales.


2.             The Council published its previous Improvement Plan, as required by the Local Government Act 1999, on 31st October 2010. The Welsh Government has enacted the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009, which amends the previous legislation and includes new requirements. The achievement of continuous improvement is a statutory duty for local authorities.

3.             The majority of the information contained within the Plan is based on the Corporate Plan and departmental service plans which were discussed by Scrutiny Committees from January - March. The Council's Corporate Plan was adopted in May 2010 and reviewed in May 2011. The revised Corporate Plan and action plans represent part one of the Council's Improvement Plan, as set out in the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009. The Plan has been subject to scrutiny by all committees in September 2011 and was considered at the last meeting of the Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.             The plan attached at appendix 1 incorporates information published in the Council's Corporate Plan and departmental service plans. It also incorporates performance information (data and text) providing a look back over 2010/11.  This performance information will be used by the Wales Audit Office to assess the Council’s ability to improve, and therefore is of critical importance to the reputation of the Council.

5.             The plan is virtually completed, although some performance information is subject to change by the Local Government Data Unit. Final proofreading and pagination must also be completed.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

6.             The cost of producing the Plan and publishing a bilingual summary in October is met through existing budgets. The Plan and summary are published on-line, and a small number of summary documents are available for members of the public in local libraries. No hard copies of the Plan itself are now produced, unless requested by a member of the public.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

7.             The Improvement Plan is a statutory duty under the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009.

Crime and Disorder Implications

8.             The Plan includes improvement actions and targets with respect to the community safety and youth justice functions.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

9.             The Plan provides a statement of the Council’s proposed actions in relation to equalities policies. The summary document provides members of the public with an opportunity to become aware of the Council’s performance and will be produced bilingually.

Corporate/Service Objectives

10.        The plan provides information on all the improvement objectives outlined in the Corporate Plan.

Policy Framework and Budget

11.        The Improvement Plan forms a part of the Policy Framework and is required to be endorsed by Council.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

12.        The majority of the information contained within the Plan is based on the Corporate Plan and on departmental service plans which were discussed by Scrutiny Committees between January and March 2011. All scrutiny committees have considered the report, along with the Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

13.        ALL

Background Papers

Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009

Reforming the Wales Programme for Improvement - Guidance to Local Authorities 2010

Corporate Plan 2010/2014

Vale of Glamorgan Community Strategy 2010 - 2020

Contact Officer

Beverly Noon 01446 709746

Officers Consulted

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

All Directors

Heads of Service

Responsible Officer: John Maitland Evans, Chief Executive