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Agenda Item No. 7

Vale of Glamorgan Council

Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee: 10 July 2013

Report of the Managing Director

Improvement Plan 2013/14 - Part 1

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To present the Council's part one Improvement Plan 2013/14, which contains details of plans for improvement.

Recommendation

1.             That VSJLC endorses part 1 of the Improvement Plan for 2013/14.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             To ensure that actions are taken to improve services.

Background

2.             The Council published its previous Improvement Plan, as required by the Local Government Act 1999, on 31 October 2012.  The Improvement Plan remains an integral part of the Government’s improvement agenda.

3.             In order to implement Wales Programme for Improvement guidance, which was issued by WAG following the implementation of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009, the Council is required to publish two Improvement Plans each year. This Measure provides the Council with a statutory duty to continuously improve the way that it operates.

4.             The first part of the Plan (attached at appendix A) is a looking forward document, setting out the Council's improvement objectives and plans to achieve these objectives during the forthcoming year (2013/14). This Plan must be published as soon as practicable after 1 April each year. The second Improvement Plan will incorporate a looking back, primarily on the performance and actions that took place in 2012/13. This must be published by 31 October.

Relevant Issues and Options

5.             The Plan contains only information looking forward. Performance information in this part of the Plan is based on information currently available (performance for 2011/12 and targets for 2012/13).  Performance information for services (2012/13) will not be available until July, and targets for 2013/14 will be set at that time.  Welsh averages won't be available until September.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

6.             The production of two Improvement Plans is a major project that involves a considerable amount of time from Members and officers alike. The cost of producing the Plan is met through existing budgets.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

7.             The improvement objectives identified in the Improvement Plan have given due consideration to sustainability and climate change implications on planned activities where appropriate. The Plan includes actions with respect to local flood risk and coastal erosion management.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

8.             The Improvement Plan is a statutory duty under the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009.

Crime and Disorder Implications

9.             The improvement objectives identified in Improvement Plan have given due consideration to crime and disorder implications on planned activities where appropriate.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

10.        The improvement objectives identified in Improvement Plan have given due consideration to equal opportunities implications on planned activities where appropriate; an equalities impact assessment has been completed. The document is published bilingually.

Corporate/Service Objectives

11.        The Plan provides information on all the improvement objectives assisting in the continuous improvement of council services.  Improving how the Council evidences and reports achievement of its improvement objectives contributes towards effective community leadership.

Policy Framework and Budget

12.        The Plan forms a part of the Policy Framework and requires endorsement by Council.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

13.        The objectives contained within the Plan have been available for consultation via the Council's website in April and May.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

14.        All.

Background Papers

Reforming the Wales Programme for Improvement - Guidance to Local Authorities 2010

Corporate Plan 2013-17

Vale of Glamorgan Community Strategy 2011 - 2021

Contact Officer

Beverly Noon 01446 709746

Officers Consulted

All Directors

Responsible Officer:

Sian Davies, Managing Director

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