Agenda Item No. 6(e)
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
COUNCIL MEETING: 7TH MAY 2014
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 28TH APRIL 2014
C2295 IMPROVEMENT PLAN PART 1 (IMPROVEMENT OBJECTIVES 2014/15) (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – ALL) –
Endorsement was sought of the Improvement Plan Part 1 that outlined the Councils proposed improvement objectives for 2014/15.
The Corporate Plan 2013-2017 was approved by Cabinet on 25th February 2013 following extensive consultation with key stakeholders and partners. The Plan set out a four year vision for the Council, structured around eight priority outcomes which reflected the priority outcomes in the Community Strategy 2011-2021.
All scrutiny committees considered the proposed improvement objectives during March 2014. The views of key stakeholders including the Local Service Board, neighbouring council's, town and community councils, chambers of commerce, and voluntary sector organisations, were also sought over a period of 6 weeks (25th February to 4th April 2014). In addition, public views had been sought via an online survey, local media advertisements and social media in line with the requirement to consult on our improvement objectives.
Eight improvement objectives were proposed for 2014/15 including four carried forward from 2013/14, which had been amended to reflect the areas of focus for further improvement work in 2014/15. These were:
· To increase sustainability and stability of looked after children and young people's placements. (Objective 2)
· To reduce the number of young people who were not in employment, education or training (NEETs). (Objective 5)
· To reduce the time taken to deliver disabled facilities grants to children and young people and to adults. (Objective 6)
· To support and challenge schools in order to improve pupil attainment levels at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4. (Objective 7)
Appendix 1 attached to the report contained the original Improvement Plan Part 1 which outlined the proposed objectives for 2014/15 and provided a rationale (pages 10-34). The measures to be undertaken to make a difference were indentified including a lead at chief officer level with responsibility for ensuring the achievement of key outcomes.
This was a matter for Executive and Council decision.
(1) T H A T following the consultation on the proposed improvement objectives 2014/15, the recommendations from all Scrutiny Committees as outlined in Appendix 2 attached to the report be noted.
(2) T H A T the comments from other key stakeholders in response to consultation on the proposed improvement objectives be noted.
(3) T H A T the proposals for amendments to the Improvement Plan Part 1 as outlined in parapraphs 11 and 13 of the report be approved.
(4) T H A T the Improvement Plan Part 1 containing the amendments outlined in the resoultions above be endorsed and be referred to Council for approval on 7th May 2014.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To ensure the Council identified key annual improvement priorities for 2014/15 in line with requirements of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009.
(2) To ensure the Council fulfiled its duty to consult on its annual improvement objectives.
(3) To ensure that improvement objectives focused specifically on those areas where there was a need for improvement, reflecting the work being undertaken across the council to improve the quality of life for Vale residents.
(4) To enable the Council to demonstrate achievement of its priorities.