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Agenda Item No

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 26 January, 2015

Report of the Leader

Outcome Agreement 2013-16: Achievement of the full grant award for Year 1 and progress update on Year 2 (2014/15) targets.

Purpose of the Report

1. To advise members of the achievement of the full grant award for Year 1 of the Outcome Agreement (2013-2016) between the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Welsh Government (WG) and provide a progress update against year 2 targets.

Recommendations

1. That Cabinet note achievement in full of the year 1 Outcome Agreement grant award as outlined in the Minister for Public Services letter attached at Appendix 1

 

2. That Cabinet note overall progress made to date in achieving 2014/15 targets as outlined below in paragraphs 10-16.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1. To inform Cabinet of the successful achievement of the full incentive grant from Welsh Government.

 

2. To ensure Outcome Agreement targets for 2014/15 are effectively monitored.

Background

2. Following negotiations with Welsh Government, the Outcome Agreement 2013-16 was agreed and signed off by the Minister for Public Services on 1 April 2014. A copy of the final Agreement was reported to cabinet on 28 April 2014.

 

3. The Outcome Agreement covers 5 areas: supporting the local economy, increasing school attainment, improving the lives of older people, improving social housing and reducing landfill. These areas are aligned with the WG Programme for Government and account for 70% of the grant award. The remaining 30% is based on assessment of the Council's corporate health, informed by our lead regulators, the Wales Audit Office.

 

4. Payment of the grant award to the Council is according to the level of achievement of its outcomes as outlined within the Agreement with full achievement securing the Council an incentive grant of £1,232,000 each year over the life of the Agreement.

 

5. Quarterly performance reports by directorate to Corporate Management Team, Scrutiny and Cabinet ensures the Council monitors progress against all key priorities as outlined in the Corporate Plan 2013-17, the Outcome Agreement 2013-2016 and the Improvement Plan Part 1 2014/15.

 

6. The report provides a quick snapshot of each directorate's progress towards achieving the objectives contributing towards its service outcomes and highlights progress towards key actions and measures in the Corporate Plan 2013-17, the Outcome Agreement 2013-16 and the Improvement Plan Part 1 2014/15 for which the directorate has responsibility. Examples of exceptional performance during the quarter are also highlighted as are key areas of slippage and the planned remedial action to bring these back on track. Progress is provided for all performance indicators using the traffic light system.

Relevant Issues and Options

7. As reported to Cabinet on 8 September, the Council's own self-assessment of its year 1 (2013/14) performance concluded that it had been successful in achieving 4 out of 5 outcomes within the Agreement. This judgement was based on the view that 4 out of 5 intended outcomes have been fully achieved and only one was partially achieved. This is in relation to improving the lives of older people.

 

8. On his review of the Vale's performance for 2013-14 the Minister for Public Services concurred with our assessment and concluded that the Council has qualified for the full 70%. Also based on the criteria set within the guidance the Vale is not currently subject to intervention or support under the terms of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 and therefore qualifies for the 30% component of the grant.  The full payment of £1,232,000 has been made to the Council.

 

9. Progress against the Council's 2014/15 key priorities including the Outcome Agreement was reported to Cabinet on 17 November 2014 as part of corporate quarterly performance monitoring arrangements.  Appendix 2 contains all actions and agreed targets for all measures for year 2 of the Agreement.  A progress update is provided for quarter 2 against those measures that are collected and reported quarterly and this includes all actions. Annual measures will be reported at the end of the financial year. A summary of progress to date against key actions and measures in year 2 of the Agreement is provided below.

 

10. Of 12 Outcome Agreement actions, 5 (42%) are complete, 6 (50%) are on track and 1 (8%) has slipped. 

 

11. The one action that has slipped relates to the development of a wide range of options for older people requiring support and the preparation of a feasibility study for the provision of an older people’s village or similar community-wide model for meeting need for care and support [(SS/A010) OA3].  A working group is currently looking at accommodation with care options for older people and reviewing current provision across Social Services and Housing.

 

12. Of the 31 measures reported, 78% (24) have met or exceeded target, 2 are within 10% of target (6%) and 16% (5) have missed target by more than 10%. A red, amber, green (RAG) status was not applicable to 1 indicator.

 

13. The 5 that have missed target relate to:

 

14. Rate per 1,000 population of over 65s who have had a Unified Assessment (UA) and the rate per 1,000 population of over 65s who have had an Occupational Therapist (OT) assessment [OA3]. The original target set against these two indicators was based on incorrect data. Revised targets of 42 and 33 respectively have been proposed for 2014/15 and 2015/16; however this is still subject to re-negotiation with WG. If accepted by WG, then performance reported at Q2 of 20.90 and 17.60 respectively would be on track.

 

15. In relation to the percentage of community supported clients receiving 20 hours or more care per week [OA3], a performance of 17.90% was reported against a quarterly target of 25%. Regular reviews of complex cases have resulted in reducing packages where possible and appropriate to do so.

 

16. For the number of year 12/13 pupils known not to be in education, training or work-based learning (NEET) [OA2], this figure is at its highest during Q2 as this is when young people are most likely to drop out of provision following enrolment in education, training or work-based learning at the start of the academic year. 212 year 12/13 pupils were known to be NEET against a quarterly target of 110. Significant work continues to be undertaken by the Council and its partners to improve identification, monitoring and engagement of those young people most at risk of, and those who are NEET, as part of youth Engagement and progression Framework.

 

17. In relation to the percentage of local authority collected municipal waste prepared for reuse [OA5], a performance of 0.30% was achieved against a quarterly target of 0.42%. The absence of Community Reuse Schemes within the Vale has adversely affected performance against this indicator. Officers from the Waste Management Service are currently having discussions with various charitable and community groups across the Vale in order to encourage new reuse schemes. 

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

18. WG has set aside £31 million each year for the Outcome Agreement across the whole of Wales. If successful in achieving our targets, we could expect to receive approximately £1.2 million each year of the Agreement (3 years).

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

19. There are a number of targets and actions that will contribute to: ensuring a strong, healthy and just society; achieving a sustainable economy; living within environmental limits; and promoting good governance.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

 

20. Outcome Agreements have no basis in statute. They are therefore voluntary in nature and there are no sanctions relating to non-achievement of targets, apart from the loss of financial incentive

Crime and Disorder Implications

21. There are no specific activities/indicators in the proposed Agreement relating to crime and disorder however some actions and targets will contribute towards public protection.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

22. There are no specific activities/indicators contained in the proposed Agreement that relate to improving equalities outcomes, however some actions and targets will contribute towards equality and access.

Corporate/Service Objectives

23. The Outcome Agreement links to the Corporate Plan objective of Community Leadership, and assists in focusing the Council’s activities on national objectives. The agreement must be linked to the Single Integrated Plan. The Council and WG jointly negotiate the targets contained within the Agreement.

Policy Framework and Budget

24. This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

25. Senior officers of the Council, Corporate Management Team and Cabinet were consulted on the content of the 2013-16 Outcome Agreement.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

26. All

Background Papers

Appendix 1 - Outcome Agreement Grant Award Letter

Contact Officer

Julia Archampong, Performance Manager

Officers Consulted

Corporate Management Team

Head of Performance and Improvement

Responsible Officer:

Sian Davies, Managing Director

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