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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 29 June, 2015

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.

Recommendations

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

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.    To ensure the Council has an effective and up to date Corporate Plan which sets out the work to be undertaken across the Council to improve the quality of life in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Background

2.    The current Corporate Plan was approved in 2012.  It sets out a vision for the Council up to 2017 and is structured around seven corporate priorities and associated objectives.  Given the changes that have happened since 2012 and in view of significant new challenges that need to be addressed, it is considered essential that the Council takes stock of its position and reassesses what its priorities should be in the medium term.  A review of the Corporate Plan is therefore proposed, and this report sets out the mechanics of undertaking that review.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.    The Corporate Plan is central to how the Council responds to a complicated and fluid environment.  It focuses attention and resources on what the Council as an organisation needs to do as it deals with a large number of often conflicting pressures.  The plan needs to be seen as part of a wider strategic context which includes the Vale's Community Strategy and the partnerships that operate in the Vale, as well as the even wider regional context that involves working with other Councils.  It needs to take into account the increasingly demanding legislative context which includes the Well Being of Future Generations Act and the Social Services and Well Being Act, as well as Welsh Government's overall proposals for local government as outlined in its White Paper "Reforming Local Government - Power to Local People".  The Council's own Reshaping Services programme would by itself necessitate a review of the Corporate Plan as it involves a comprehensive assessment of all Council services over the next 3-5 years, and the plan will need to reflect this programme.  Finally, it is essential 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.

 

4.    In undertaking a review of the Corporate Plan the first task will be to consider the vision, culture and corporate priorities as set out in the existing plan to ascertain their continued relevance.  It is therefore proposed that a workshop attended by Cabinet Members and Corporate Management team (CMT) is held in July to review the vision, culture and corporate priorities.  This workshop will be followed by workshops focusing on each of the agreed priorities which will be led by the relevant Director and Cabinet Member(s) and attended by senior officers.  The purpose of these workshops will be to develop appropriate objectives and actions to deliver the agreed priorities.  Further guidance will be issued in due course.   

 

5.    The Corporate Management Team will then consider the draft plan before it is presented to Cabinet in November for the draft 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.

 

6.    A breakdown of the timetable is provided below:

 

Action Date
Vision, culture and priorities workshop July 2015
Workshops with senior officers and drafting of objectives and actions August/September 2015
Editorial and CMT October 2015
Cabinet to consider draft with budget proposals October/November 2015
Scrutiny December 2015
Cabinet January/February 2016
Council 6th March 2016
Translation and formatting March 2016
Publication of Approved Plan  April 2016

7.    This timetable will allow sufficient time for consultation and ensure that Service Plans for 2016/17 are drafted in line with the new Corporate Plan and that budgets are aligned to the priorities within the new plan.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

8.    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

9.    The Well-Being of Future Generations Act will require all Councils to set well-being objectives that contribute to the achievement of sustainable development.  The revised Corporate Plan will therefore need to be developed within the context of that requirement.   

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

10.    None directly.

Crime and Disorder Implications

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

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

12.    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

13.    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

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

15.    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

16.    All Scrutiny Committees.

Background Papers

Vale of Glamorgan Corporate Plan 2012-17

Contact Officer

Huw Isaac - Head of Performance and Development

Officers Consulted

Corporate Management Team

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas

Managing Director

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