Agenda Item No. 5
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 14 MARCH 2016
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 8 FEBRUARY 2016
C3070 VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL ANNUAL SELF-ASSESSMENT (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEES – ALL) –
Cabinet was provided with a strategic self-assessment of the Council's performance for the period 2015 -2016 that identified strengths, achievements, key challenges and areas for improvement.
Self-assessments formed a core part of the statutory local government inspection processes in Wales. Under the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009, the Council was required to undertake a self-evaluation of all its services and use this information to inform planning for improvement. The Vale of Glamorgan Annual Self-Assessment was a position statement on the Council's performance over the past year in delivering its priorities. It provided an honest and balanced account of the Council's achievements and identified strengths, areas where further progress was required and the challenges that existed to address in the future. The information contained in the report would inform the Council's Service Plans for 2016/2017.
The Self-Assessment Report attached at Appendix 1 to the report demonstrated a refinement in the way annual performance was assessed. The report moved away from a focus solely on service performance to one that incorporated aspects of governance, resource management and collaborative working for the Council as a whole.
The report was based on the key themes of the Wales Audit Office's (WAO) Annual Improvement Report: Performance Management, Governance, Resource Management and Collaboration and Partnerships. The report presented the strengths and areas for improvement relative to each of these themes and drew on an internal assessment of performance data, the Council's Annual Governance Statement, Internal Audit reports, the Annual Improvement Report issued by the WAO, reports by other external regulators and service based information. It also outlined the arrangements that were in place (the processes, systems, governance and policies) to support and identify any improvements in how the Council worked and delivered services
At the meeting the Managing Director confirmed that the self-assessment reflected a change in how the Council reviewed its performance. He commented that the Council’s Self-Assessment report demonstrated a refinement in the way annual performance was assessed. The report moved away from a focus solely on service performance to one that incorporated aspects of governance, resource management and collaborative working for the Council as a whole.
He further commented that the Council's self-assessment process would continue to evolve and work was already underway to ensure it dovetailed with other forms of self-assessment in line with the wider Local Government agenda as proposed in the recent draft Local Government (Wales) Bill and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.
This was a matter for Executive decision
Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein
(1) T H A T the Council's Annual Self-Assessment Report attached at Appendix 1 to the report, including identified areas for improvement for 2016/17 onwards, be approved.
(2) T H A T the use and contents of the Self-Assessment Report to be used as the basis for service planning for 2016/17 be endorsed.
(3) T H A T the report be referred to all Scrutiny Committees for their consideration as part of the 2016/17 service planning process.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To meet the requirements of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 to undertake a self-assessment of all Council services and use the information as the basis to drive improvement.
(2) To ensure the Council identified and took appropriate action to address its improvement priorities.
(3) To ensure that relevant Scrutiny Committees confirmed that the issues identified within the Self-Assessment were a fair reflection of the challenges facing both the Council as a whole and individual Service Directorates and that the information contained in the report was appropriate to inform service planning for 2016/17 onwards.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet –8 FEBRUARY 2016