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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources): 8th February 2013

 

Report of the Managing Director

 

Draft Corporate Plan 2013-17

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To seek views from the Committee on the revised draft Corporate Plan 2013-17 which has been amended in response to comments received via the recent consultation.

Recommendation

1.             That Committee notes the changes to the Plan and considers if any further amendments are required prior to consideration of the Plan by Cabinet on the 25th February 2013 and Council on the 6th March 2013.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             To enable the Committee to consider the amended Plan.

Background

2.             The current Corporate Plan was approved in 2010 and reviewed and updated in December 2011 to take account of the revised Community Strategy for 2011-2021.  It sets out a vision for the Council up to 2014 and is structured around seven corporate priorities.   At the time of the review a commitment was given for a more comprehensive review and consultation in 2012

3.             The draft Corporate Plan (Appendix 1) 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.

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

Relevant Issues and Options

5.             The review began in August and 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. 

6.             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.

7.             Consultation was undertaken between 19 November and 28 December 2012.  Vale residents and relevant stakeholders were invited to submit comments on the draft Corporate Plan either online, in writing or via the Council’s contact centre.  To ensure that residents were aware of the consultation the project was widely promoted online and in the local press. In addition to this members of the LSB citizens’ panel were invited by email to respond.  Thirty three representatives of organisations operating in the Vale of Glamorgan were contacted directly and invited to respond and information about the consultation was also circulated to all voluntary organisations operating in the Vale by the Vale Centre for Voluntary Services. In addition the draft Plan was considered by all five Scrutiny Committees in December.  Amendments have been made to the plan in light of comments received and a copy of the feedback report is attached as Appendix 2.

8.             The majority of comments received focused on issues around health and wellbeing and employment and skills and a number of amendments have been made to reflect the comments received. 

9.             The priorities in the draft Plan are consistent with the priority outcomes in the Community Strategy, which is an integrated partnership strategy.  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.

10.        The Council already has in place comprehensive performance management arrangements with regular reports to Members and senior managers.  All Scrutiny Committees receive regular reports on progress in delivering Service Plans and performance indicators and this will continue. 

11.        Many of the objectives included in the Corporate Plan will be delivered over a number of years. 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.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

12.        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

13.        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)

14.        There are no legal implication directly arising from the content of this report

Crime and Disorder Implications

15.        None directly although community and public safety is a priority in the draft Plan.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

16.        The draft 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

17.        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

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

19.        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

20.        The draft Plan was considered by all Scrutiny Committees in December as part of the consultation process.  Following the consultation the revised Plan is being 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:

Siân Davies - Managing Director

 

 

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