Agenda Item No.









C1909                        CORPORATE PLAN (L) (SCRUTINY - ALL) -


The Corporate Plan set out how the Council would deliver the aims of the Community Strategy and provided a focus for the Council's approach to corporate governance and community leadership.  The Council's Medium Term Financial Plan outlined how the Corporate Plan was to be funded.  Consequently, it was vital that these plans were aligned and reflected the priorities of the Vale. 


A review of the Corporate Plan began in August and was being undertaken in parallel with the budget review.  This process would ensure that the Corporate Plan accurately conveyed the Council’s priorities and that budget proposals were developed in line with an up to date Corporate Plan.


In order to develop the priorities and objectives in the draft plan, workshops were held with Cabinet Members and officers. Following these workshops, the Corporate Management Team produced a draft plan for consultation ensuring that it was aligned to the Community Strategy 2011-21, Improvement Objectives, the Outcome Agreement and reflected the results of the Public Opinion Survey 2011/12.


The Corporate Plan provided a foundation for the annual Service Plans and the annual Improvement Objectives.  The Plan was structured around eight priority outcomes that were carried forward into Service Plans to ensure consistency and focus.  For every objective in the Corporate Plan there would be at least one action in one Service Plan.


In terms of monitoring the plan, all Scrutiny Committees received regular reports on progress in delivering Service Plans and performance indicators and this would continue. 


The Council would be consulting with residents on both the draft Corporate Plan and the budget review process. As both of these would focus on similar issues, a combined consultation was being planned.  A brief summary of the Corporate Plan would be compiled and presented to residents, and also be available on the Council’s web site, e-news and social media accounts.


In addition the Corporate Consultation Officer would be available to visit local consultative forums – such as the Older People’s Forum – to facilitate an open discussion.


The Leader commented that this plan was now simpler to read in plain language and that it would be aligned not only to the community strategy but also closely aligned with the budget review that was also taking place.

The Corporate Plan would need to be approved by Full Council.




(1)               T H A T the draft plan and timetable and proposals for consultation be approved.


(2)               T H A T the report be referred to all relevant Scrutiny Committees for their comments.


Reasons for Decisions.


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


(2)               To allow for Scrutiny of the proposals.



Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 19th November, 2012.