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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 11th February, 2013

 

Report of the Managing Director

 

End of Year Performance Report by Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health) - National Strategic Indicators, Public Accountability Measures, Service Improvement Data

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To inform the Committee of annual performance results in the areas of Adults Services, Children's Services and the Youth Offending Service for the year ended 31 March 2012.

Recommendation

1.             That the Committee notes the performance results.

Reasons for the Recommendation

1.             Reporting of service performance is in line with statutory requirements and the Council's Performance Management Framework and monitoring arrangements.

2.             To consider progress made to date in addressing the areas of under performance in the Council’s annual performance results.

3.             To consider where further improvements could be focussed to improve overall performance.

4.             To ensure continuous improvement of all Council services.

 

Background

2.             Benchmarking data has now been released for the national indicators collected by the data unit, which can be used to highlight achievements and areas for improvement for Council services.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             Appendix 1 contains a report summarising the Vale's performance against national indicators for the year ended 2011/12 in relation to the areas monitored by Social Care and Health Scrutiny Committee.

  • 34 indicators achieved a top quartile performance, ranked between 1st and 7th when compared with the rest of Wales.
  • 15 indicators achieved a performance within the middle quartiles, ranked between 5th (of 12) and 16th when compared with other Welsh councils.
  • 14 indicators were in the bottom quartile of performance, ranked between 19th and 22nd in Wales.
  • Of the 63 total indicators, the Vale performed better than or as well as the Welsh average in 42.
  • Of the 11 Adult Services indicators, 6 were in the top quartile and 5 were in the bottom quartile.
  • Of the 46 Children's Services indicators, 25 were in the top quartile, 13 were in the middle quartiles and 8 were in the bottom quartile.
  • Of the 6 Youth Offending Service indicators, 3 were in the top quartile, 2 were in the middle quartiles and 1 was in the bottom quartile.
  • The Vale achieved the best performance in Wales in 19 indicators (1 Adult Services, 16 Children's Services, 2 Youth Offending Service).
  • 5 indicators recorded the lowest ranking in Wales (2 Adult Services, 3 Children's Services). 3 of these were out of all 22 councils, 1 was out of 21 and 1 out of 19 (due to other councils not submitting data).

4.             Appendix 2 contains a table detailing the 10 councils of South East Wales and their individual performances against the Housing and Public Protection indicators, in respect of how many top, middle and bottom quartile performances they achieved. The councils are listed in order of how many top quartile performances they achieved for 2011/12.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

5.             There are no additional budgetary implications arising from this report although underperformance in some areas may have a negative impact on external assessments of the Council and could put certain funding opportunities at risk.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

6.             There are no sustainability and climate change implications arising directly from this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

7.             The Local Government Act 1999, the Wales Programme for Improvement and the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 require that the Council secure continuous improvement across the full range of local services for which it is responsible.

Crime and Disorder Implications

8.             Data on the performance of the Youth Offending Service is included within the report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

9.             Data in these service areas reflects an impact on people who may be socially excluded.

Corporate/Service Objectives

10.        Monitoring of performance demonstrates a clear contribution to the corporate priorities outlined below and also underpins the improvement work and outcomes of all seven corporate priorities:

  • To manage the Council’s workforce, money, information an assets efficiently, effectively and securely.
  • To work with partners to promote and ensure a coordinated approach to delivering the shared vision for the future of the Vale.

Policy Framework and Budget

11.        This is a matter for the decision of the Corporate Management Team.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

12.        The data contained within the report is based on internally audited returns provided by Heads of Service and verified by the Local Government Data Unit.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

13.        Social Care and Health

Background Papers

All information is available to view online via the Local Government Data Unit's 'Benchmarking Hub': http://www.benchmarkingwales.net/

Contact Chloe Clarke (521) for a password.

 

Contact Officer

Chloe Clarke, Corporate Performance Co-ordinator

 

Officers Consulted

Julia Archampong, Performance Manager

Beverly Noon, Operational Manager - Corporate Policy and Communications

Huw Isaac, Head of Performance and Development

 

Responsible Officer:

Sian Davies, Managing Director

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