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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting 28 March, 2012

Report of the Leader

Corporate Improvement Objectives 2012/13

Purpose of the Report

1.             This report seeks Cabinet endorsement of proposed Corporate Improvement Objectives for 2012/13.

Recommendations

1.             That Cabinet endorses the proposed Corporate Improvement Objectives for 2012/13.

2.             That the proposed Corporate Improvement Objectives be referred to all Scrutiny Committees for comment.

3.             That the proposed Corporate Improvement Objectives be re-submitted to Cabinet on 18th April 2012 for approval and then referred to Council for approval on 25th April 2012.

4.             That the proposed objectives be incorporated in the Part 1 Improvement Plan 2012/13.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To ensure that the Council's Corporate Plan 2010/14 identifies key annual improvement priorities for 2012/13 in line with requirements of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009.

2.             To ensure that Corporate Improvement Objectives focus specifically on those areas where there is a need for improvement, reflecting the work being undertaken across the Council to improve the quality of life for Vale residents.

3.             To enable the Council to more easily demonstrate achievement of its objectives.

4.             To meet the Auditor General for Wales' recommendation as outlined in the 2012 Annual Improvement Report.

Background

2.             The Corporate Plan is a key means of the Council complying with the Local Government Measure 2009, which requires the Council to set 'improvement objectives' annually and demonstrate continuous improvement.

3.             The current Corporate Plan was approved in 2010 and sets out a four year vision for the Council. The Plan is structured around seven corporate priorities and thirty four Improvement Objectives.  A revised Corporate Plan was approved in December 2011 to inform service planning for 2012/13 and assist with the drafting of the Medium Term Financial Plan.  The updated plan took into account the revised Community Strategy 2011-2021.

4.             In his Annual Improvement Report 2012, the Auditor General for Wales highlighted a need for improved performance assessment through the use of more specific improvement objectives which would enable the Council's progress to be better measured.

Relevant Issues and Options

5.             Currently, the Corporate Plan includes a mixture of improvement objectives (defined as those areas where improvements are needed because of existing deficiencies) and other Council priorities. The Council's improvement objectives need to focus specifically on those areas where there is a need for improvement.

6.             Corporate Plan objectives will not be amended for 2012/13, but a full review of the Corporate Plan 2010/14 is planned during 2012 post Local Government elections in May.

7.             As an interim measure to address the issues raised by the Auditor General in his Annual Improvement Report, an analysis of the Corporate Plan has been undertaken to identify the Council's key improvement objectives for 2012/13 along with relevant actions and measures that contribute towards achieving these. 

8.             Eight Improvement Objectives are proposed for 2012/13 following an analysis of the Corporate Plan and a review of service performance to date, corporate risks and findings from recent Wales Audit Office reviews/ improvement studies and other regulators inspections. Appendix 1 outlines the proposed objectives and Appendix 2 provides a rationale for the proposed improvement objectives.

9.             The 2012/13 Improvement Plan Part 1 will need to be amended to reflect the revised improvement objectives including relevant performance measures. A statement explaining how progress will be measured and reported will also be included.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

10.        All actions set out in the Corporate Plan either have resources committed to their achievement or the likely prospect of such resources being made available in the plan of period.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

11.        The Council has a duty to improve under the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009.

Crime and Disorder Implications

12.        None directly.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

13.        None directly.

Corporate/Service Objectives

14.        The Corporate Plan 2010/2014 outlines community leadership as a priority for the Council. Improving how the Council evidences and reports achievement of its priority outcomes contributes towards effective community leadership.

Policy Framework and Budget

15.        Revised corporate Improvement Objectives for 2012/13 will be submitted to Council for approval.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

16.        Corporate Management Team, Heads of Service and Scrutiny Committees

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

17.        All

Background Papers

Proposed Corporate Improvement Objectives 2012/13

Rationale for proposed Corporate Improvement Objectives 2012/13

Contact Officer

Huw Isaac - Head of performance and Development

Officers Consulted

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

Corporate Management Team

Head of Performance and Development

Heads of Service

Operational Manager Policy and Communications

Responsible Officer:

John Maitland Evans, Chief Executive