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Agenda Item No. 6

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) 21 July 2015

 

Report of the Managing Director

 

2014-15 Annual Progress Report on the Corporate Plan 2013 - 17

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To inform committee of the progress to date in delivering the Corporate Plan 2013-17

Recommendation

That committee notes the progress made and areas of slippage, and refers the remedial action to Cabinet for approval.

Reason for the Recommendation

To enable the Council to proceed with delivering the Corporate Plan 2013-17, and to inform the forthcoming review of the plan.

 

Background

2.         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.  

3.         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 are included in relevant Service Plans and provide the basis for the development of key actions to ensure these objectives are delivered.

4.         The actions included in the Service Plans set out year on year the activities that will be undertaken to achieve these objectives, and monitoring of the actions provides the foundation for an annual progress report on the Corporate Plan.  Detailed quarterly performance reports on all Service Plans are reported to Corporate Management Team, Cabinet and the relevant scrutiny committees throughout the year.

5.         During 2015 the Corporate Plan will be reviewed, with a new plan for 2016 - 20 agreed by March 2016. Some of the incomplete actions from the 2013 - 17 plan will be rolled forward; which ones will be determined during the review.  

Relevant Issues and Options

6.         Overall good progress has been made in the second year of the Corporate Plan. The majority of actions have been completed or are on track for completion;  however, there is some slippage in delivering some of the objectives.

7.         Details of overall performance for each priority are provided below and show the level of progress in delivering the plan.  Attached as Appendix A are full details of progress against all objectives within the Corporate Plan.

8.         Community Leadership - Four of the fifteen actions were completed in the first year of implementing the plan. Of the actions carried forward, one has slipped and remedial action has been taken and the action carried forward to 2015/16. Some targets were exceeded, for example CL14 – 'Tackle child poverty', where £5379,924 worth of personal debts has been written off, the target being £420,000. A further five actions are on track for completion during 2015/16 and the remaining five are on track for completion by 2017.

9.         Children and Young People - Ten out of the eleven actions for Children and Young people are complete, one action has slipped. CYP 5 – 'Continue to improve multi-disciplinary transition support for young people moving into adulthood' - is 75% complete. Remedial action has been taken to appoint an officer, hosted by Cardiff Council, to take this work forward.

10.      Learning and Skills - Thirteen of the seventeen actions are complete to date. One of the actions, LS15 – 'Work with partners to develop a joint Essential Skills Strategy for post 16 learners' - requires amendment/rewording in order to reflect the change of direction and actions taken to date. This is because the Learning and Skills Partnership made the decision to discontinue the Essential Skills sub-group in January 2014 to remove duplication. As a consequence the focus has now shifted to developing a strategy to improve the development of Adult and Community Learning (ACL) learners' essential/basic skills across the partnership. Three other actions, LS5, LS9 and LS20, have slipped and remedial action has been taken to carry these actions forward to 2015/16.

11.      Regeneration - Twelve of the eighteen actions have been completed or are on track. Of the six remaining actions, four are on track to be completed by 2017. One action was reported as 99% complete in March 2015 with a view to being 100% complete in June 2015. The remaining action which has slipped, R7- 'Actively seek a new cinema for the town of Barry' - is 80% complete, with marketing of sites at Nell's point and the Innovation Quarter allowing for cinema developers to come forward with bids for the sites. This action is to be carried forward to 2015/16.

12.      Environment - Ten of the thirteen actions have been completed. The remaining three, E5, E9, and E12 have slipped due to external circumstances, and remedial action has been taken. The three slipped actions have been carried forward to 2015/16.

13.      Housing - Eleven of the thirteen Housing actions have been completed. Two actions have slipped, H7 – 'External works are due to be completed by March 2017â€, and H12 – 'Engage tenants'. These actions have been carried forward. Four of the completed actions have been completed ahead of the projected finish date of 2017.

14.      Health Social Care and Wellbeing - Twelve of the thirteen actions have been completed. The remaining action, HSCW 7 – 'Improve reablement and rehabilitation' - is on track for completion in 2016 since increased staffing has been implemented. Three actions have been completed ahead of the expected 2017 finish date.

15.      Community and Public Safety - Nine of the ten actions have been completed. One action has slipped - CPS3 – 'Engage with schools' to produce a procedure for the School Crossing Patrol service'. This action has been carried forward to 2015/16, with a view to being approved and implemented by September 2015.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

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 incomplete actions intended to be carried forward need to have resources committed to their achievement or the likely prospect of such resources being made available in the revised plan period.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

16.      The introductory section of the 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)

17.      There are no legal implications arising directly from this report

Crime and Disorder Implications

18.      None directly; however, community and public safety are priorities identified in the plan.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

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

Corporate/Service Objectives

20.      The Corporate Plan sets out the Council's corporate objectives which are consistent with the Council's Improvement Objectives.  Service Plans reflect the Corporate Plan priorities and objectives.

Policy Framework and Budget

21.      This is a matter for executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

22.      The Corporate Plan is relevant to all wards and individual member consultation is therefore not appropriate.  Consultation was undertaken with Members, stakeholders and the public and all scrutiny committees during the development on the plan.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

23.      Corporate Resources

Background Papers

Vale of Glamorgan Corporate Plan 2013-17
Appendix A: Corporate Plan 2013-17 One Year Progress Report

Contact Officer

Huw Isaac - Head of Performance and Development

 

Officers Consulted

All officers responsible for achieving Corporate Plan outcomes.

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas, Managing Director

 

 

 

 

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