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Agenda Item No. 9(a)

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Report to Council: 6th March 2013

 

Report of the Managing Director

 

Draft Corporate Plan 2013-17

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To seek Council approval of Corporate Plan 2013-17.

Recommendations

1.             That Council approves the Corporate Plan 2013-17.

Reasons for the Recommendations

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

Background

2.             On the 30th July 2012 Cabinet approved a review of the Corporate Plan and a timetable for its development. 

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.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.             The drafting of the new Corporate Plan (Appendix 1) has been undertaken in parallel with the budget review.  This has ensured that the Corporate Plan accurately conveys Council priorities and that budget proposals are developed in line with an up to date Corporate Plan. 

5.             Workshops were held with Cabinet members and officers to develop the outcomes and objectives in the draft plan.  Following these workshops work was undertaken through the Corporate Management Team to produce a draft plan for consultation ensuring that it is aligned to the Community Strategy 2011-21, Improvement Objectives, the Outcome Agreement and reflects the results of the Public Opinion Survey 2011/12.

6.             The Plan is structured around eight priority outcomes which are carried forward into Service Plans to ensure consistency and focus.  Within the Corporate Plan a number of objectives are listed under each of the eight priority outcomes and these will be included in relevant Service Plans and provide the basis for the development of key actions to ensure these objectives are delivered.

7.             The actions included in the Service Plans will set out year on year the activities that will be undertaken to achieve these objectives and monitoring of the actions will provide the foundations for an annual progress report on the Corporate Plan which will detail the outcomes achieved.

8.             Consultation on the draft plan was undertaken between 19 November and 28 December 2012.  In addition the draft plan was considered by all five Scrutiny committees in December.  Amendments were made to the plan in light of comments received and Scrutiny (Corporate Resources) considered the amended plan on the 8th February 2013.

9.             Cabinet considered the draft plan and recommendations from Scrutiny (Corporate Resources) and Scrutiny (Economy and Environment) and agreed the amendments and endorsed the plan on the 25th January 2013.  The plan was amended to include reference to Fairtrade (page 5), to include the promotion of a new Rural Development Plan (page 13) and monitoring for tree diseases (page 15).

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

10.        It is essential that the Corporate Plan is sustainable in financial terms and that the corporate planning process matches the financial planning process though the medium term financial plan and annual budgets.  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 to achieve the council's corporate priorities. Future reviews of the plan will need to take account of available resources.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

11.        The introductory section of the draft Corporate Plan emphasises the Council's commitment to promote sustainable development. The Community Leadership section includes a specific objective on sustainability and objectives throughout the plan, most notably in the Regeneration and Environment sections demonstrate how we will promote sustainability.  However the many different aspects of sustainability (environment, economy, strong, healthy and just society and good governance) are covered within the plan.  The implications of climate change are also reflected in the plan for example through objectives relating to sustainability, flood management and carbon management.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

12.        There are no legal implications directly arising from the content of this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

13.        None directly although community and public safety is a priority in the plan.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

14.        The Corporate Plan will be published bi-lingually and has due regard to the Council's Strategic Equality Plan.  An Equalities Impact Assessment of the Plan has been undertaken and more detailed assessments will be undertaken of individual elements as necessary.

Corporate/Service Objectives

15.        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

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

17.        The Corporate Plan is relevant to all wards, individual member consultation is therefore not appropriate.  Consultation has been undertaken with Members, stakeholders and the public and all scrutiny committees have been consulted.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

18.        The draft plan was considered by all scrutiny committees in December as part of the consultation process.  Following the consultation the revised plan was referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) prior to Cabinet approval.

Background Papers

Vale of Glamorgan Council Corporate Plan 2010-14 (Revised December 2011)

Vale of Glamorgan Community Strategy 2011-21

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

Public Opinion Survey 2011/12

Outcome Agreement 2011-13

Improvement Objectives 2012/13

 

Contact Officer

Huw Isaac - Head of Performance and Development

 

Officers Consulted

Corporate Management Team

 

Responsible Officer:

Responsible Officer:

Huw Isaac - Head of Performance and Development

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