Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 15th JANUARY, 2013.
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 3rd DECEMBER, 2012.
C1931 PLAY SUFFICIENCY AUDIT (LPCSD) (Scrutiny – Economy and Environment) -
Cabinet was informed of the duties placed on Local Authorities by Welsh Government in relation to Play and the requirement for the Vale of Glamorgan Council to carry out a Play Sufficiency Audit in 2012 / 2013 in accordance with the Children's & Families (Wales) Measure 2010.
The duty required Local Authorities to secure sufficient play opportunities for children in their area, so far as reasonably practicable and in accordance with Welsh Government regulations. The Local Authority must also publish information about play opportunities in the area and keep this information up to date. In regard to performing this duty, the Local Authority must have had regard for the needs of disabled children and the needs of children of different ages.
It was intended that the statutory duty on Local Authorities to provide sufficient play opportunities would be embedded within the Single Integrated Plan.
To assist the Local Authority in assessing play needs, the Welsh Government would provide the Vale of Glamorgan Council with £21,622 to undertake a Play Sufficiency Audit and draw up a play action plan based on the gaps and needs identified within the Play Sufficiency Audit. The Local Authority must have completed the assessment of play opportunities by 1st March, 2013.
The Play Sufficiency Assessment must provide the evidence necessary to ensure that the Vale complied with the duty of section 11(3) of the Measure, and that it secured sufficient play opportunities for children in the area, so far as was reasonably practicable. The Audit must also contribute to the overall needs assessment and the action plan for securing sufficient play opportunities which must be incorporated into the Single Integrated Plan.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the duty placed on the Vale of Glamorgan Council in relation to play be acknowledged and that the completion of a Play Sufficiency Audit and action plan be endorsed.
(2) T H A T the completed Play Sufficiency Audit and Draft Action Plan be reported to the Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee and then back to Cabinet in due course.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To ensure that the Vale Council met its duties in relation to the provision of play opportunities as set out by Welsh Government.
(2) To provide more information on a Play Sufficiency Audit and Action Plan for the Vale of Glamorgan.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 3rd December, 2012.