Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Cabinet 30th July 2012


Report of the Leader


Review of the Corporate Plan


Purpose of the Report

1.             To seek Cabinet endorsement of the proposals for reviewing the Corporate Plan.


1.             That Cabinet approves the timetable and approach outlined for reviewing the Corporate Plan.

2.             That Cabinet re-affirms the Council's Improvement Objectives for 2012/13.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To ensure the Council has an effective and up to date Corporate Pan which reflects the work being undertaken across the Council to improve the quality of life in the Vale of Glamorgan.

2.             To ensure that the Improvement Objectives continue to reflect the areas that Cabinet consider to be in the most need of improving.


2.             The current Corporate Plan (a copy is on MemberNet if members wish to view it) was approved in 2010 and updated in December 2011 to take account of the revised Community Strategy for 2011-2021.  It sets out a vision for the Council up to 2014 and is structured around seven corporate priorities and 34 objectives.   No priorities or objectives were altered during the last review but some actions were taken out as they had been completed or could not be undertaken and 18 new actions were added.  At the time of the review a commitment was given for a more comprehensive review in 2012.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             The Corporate Plan sets out how the Council will deliver the aims of the Community Strategy and provides a focus for the Council's approach to corporate governance and community leadership.  The Council's Medium Term Financial Plan outlines how the Corporate Plan is to be funded.  It is vital that these plans are aligned and reflect the priorities for the Vale.

4.             It is proposed that the Corporate Plan is reviewed in parallel with the review of the Medium Term Financial Plan to ensure that the Corporate Plan accurately conveys Council priorities and that budget proposals are developed in line with an up to date Corporate Plan.  The new plan will take us up to the next Council elections in 2017. 

5.             In undertaking a comprehensive review of the Corporate Plan consideration will need to be given to the vision, culture and corporate priorities.  It is important that the priorities are consistent with the ten priority outcomes in the Community Strategy, which is an integrated partnership strategy.  Welsh Government have issued the final guidance on integrating partnerships and plans 'Shared Purpose - Shared Delivery', which states that the LSB should ensure that  'agreed priorities are reflected in individual organisations' corporate plans' and that 'the commitments of individual service providers should be included within their own corporate plans.' 

6.             Appropriate objectives and actions to deliver the agreed priorities will need to be established. In doing this regard will need to be given to the Community Strategy Delivery Plan and progress in delivering the Improvement Objectives for 2012/13.

7.             The Corporate Management Team will carry out this work in consultation with Cabinet Members. It is anticipated that the draft Plan will be presented to Cabinet in November for it to be approved for consultation.  There will be appropriate consultation including consideration by all Scrutiny Committees.  The plan will be amended as appropriate in the light of the consultation before being considered by Cabinet in January/February and by Council in March.

8.             A breakdown of the timetable is provided below;




Cabinet to consider draft with budget proposals

October/November 2012


December 2012


January/February 2013


6th March 2013

Translation and formatting

March 2013

Publication of Approved Plan

April 2013


9.             This timetable will allow sufficient time for consultation and ensure that Service Plans for 2013/14 are drafted in line with the new Corporate Plan and that budgets are aligned to the priorities within the new plan.

10.        It is also now opportune for the new Cabinet, following May 2012's Council elections, to consider whether the Council's Improvement Objectives for 2012/13 remain appropriate.  Setting Improvement Objectives annually is a requirement of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009.

11.        Eight Improvement Objectives for 2012-13 were agreed by the previous Council on 25 April 2012.  They were chosen from the Corporate Plan then current, performance data, consultations undertaken and reports from our external regulators.  The Improvement Objectives were identified following the Annual Improvement Report 2012 in which 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.

12.        The eight Improvement Objectives for 2012/13 are:

·               To improve the quality and standard of private sector housing in the Castleland area.

·               To reduce the time taken to deliver disabled facilities grants to children and young people and to adults to achieve the Welsh average performance of 2010-11 as a minimum.

·               To increase energy efficiency by promoting sustainable practices in our business in order to reduce the Council's carbon footprint.

·               To increase recycling rates in order to achieve the Welsh Government target for 2012-2013.

·               To increase the proportion of the Council's housing stock that meet the Wales Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) by 31 March 2014.

·               To increase attendance at secondary schools to achieve the Welsh top quartile performance of 2011/12.

·               To maximise use of our property resources.

·               To develop effective and sustainable workforce planning arrangements for the Council.

13.        The Improvement Objectives for 2013/14 will need to identified following the development of the new Corporate Plan and will reflect the priorities contained within the five year plan.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

14.        All actions included in the plan will need to have resources already committed to their achievement or the likely prospect of such resources being made available in the plan period.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

15.        The principles of Sustainable Development underpin the Corporate Plan and how it is developed.  Living within environmental limits, ensuring a strong, healthy and just society, achieving a sustainable economy and promoting good governance are what the Corporate Plan is all about.  Objectives and actions relating to these principles will be specified in the plan.  

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

16.        None directly.

Crime and Disorder Implications

17.        None directly although community safety is a priority in the current plan.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

18.        The Corporate Plan is published bi-lingually and will have due regard to the Council's Strategic Equality Plan.  An Equalities Impact Assessment of the Plan will also be undertaken.

Corporate/Service Objectives

19.        The Corporate Plan sets out the Council's corporate objectives and will need to be consistent with the Council's Improvement Objectives.  Service Plans will need to reflect the new Corporate Plan.

Policy Framework and Budget

20.        The Corporate Plan will need to be approved by Council.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

21.        The Corporate Plan is relevant to all wards, individual member consultation is therefore not appropriate.  Consultation will be undertaken with Members, stakeholders and the public and all scrutiny committees will be consulted.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

22.        All Scrutiny Committees.

Background Papers

Vale of Glamorgan Community Strategy 2011-21

Shared Purpose - Shared Delivery; Guidance on integrating partnerships and plans - Welsh Government June 2012

Corporate Improvement Objectives 2012/13  - Council Report 25 April 2012, Minute 1156


Contact Officer

Huw Isaac - Head of Performance and Development


Officers Consulted

Corporate Management Team


Responsible Officer: Chief Executive