Agenda Item No. 6(b)








C1708                       CORPORATE IMPROVEMENT OBJECTIVES 2012/13 (L) (SCRUTINY - ALL) -

                        CORPORATE IMPROVEMENT OBJECTIVES 2012/13 (REF) –


The Chairman agreed, as a matter of urgency, to receive references from Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health) of 16th April, 2012 and Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) of 17th April, 2012 by reason of the need to consider them in conjunction with this item.


Endorsement was sought of proposed Corporate Improvement Objectives for 2012/13.


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


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


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


Eight Improvement Objectives were 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 to the report outlined the proposed objectives and Appendix 2 provided a rationale for the proposed improvement objectives.


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


Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health) had, on 16th April 2012, considered the report and had recommended


(1)       T H A T  Corporate objective 2 be amended to read “ To reduce the time taken to deliver disabled facilities grants to children and young people and to adults to achieve as a minimum the Welsh average performance of 2011-2012.” .


(2)       T H A T Cabinet be requested to endorse Recommendation (1) above and refer same to Full Council.


Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) had, on 17th April 2012, also considered the report and had recommended


(1)       T H A T an additional key objective be included “to develop Communities First schemes to raise relevant areas out of deprivation in line with Welsh Government standards (index of deprivation) “.


(2)       T H A T Cabinet be requested to endorse Recommendation (1) above and refer same to Full Council.


With regard to the comments from Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health), Cabinet referred those to Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) which was meeting later this day.


With regard to the reference from Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment), Cabinet were of the view that any new key objective should be measurable, and as the Communities First programme was currently in the process of being reorganised and as the Council was only one of a number of partners able to influence levels of deprivation, more work should be carried out to develop a meaningful key objective.  Subject to further work being carried out this could be considered for inclusion as a key objective for 2013/14.


This was a matter for decision by the Council.


Having considered the contents of the report together with the recommendations of Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health) and Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment), it was




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(4)       T H A T the proposed Corporate Improvement Objectives be referred to Council for approval on 25th April, 2012.


(5)       T H A T the proposed Objectives be incorporated in the Part 1 Improvement Plan 2012/13.


Reasons for decisions


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(4)       To enable the Council to more easily demonstrate achievement of its objectives.


(5)       To meet the Auditor General for Wales' recommendation as outlined in the 2012 Annual Improvement Report.”