Agenda Item No 10

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Corporate Performance and Resources Scrutiny Committee 19th July 2018

 

Report of the Managing Director

 

Vale of Glamorgan Public Services Board Well-being Plan: Our Vale - Our Future

Purpose of the Report

  1. To present the Vale Public Services Board's Well-being Plan 'Our Vale - Our Future'  to the Committee and provide an update on how the Public Services Board (PSB)  is developing arrangements for the implementation of the Plan.

Recommendation

  1. That the Committee notes the content of the Well-being Plan and how partners are working together to put in place arrangements for the implementation of the Plan. 

Reason for the Recommendation

  1. To enable the Committee to consider the content of the Well-being Plan and the arrangements for implementation. 

Background

  1. The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 formally established Public Services Boards (PSBs) in each Local Authority area in Wales. 'Our Vale' is the Vale PSB and in accordance with the Act must contribute to the achievement of the national well-being goals as set out in the legislation. The PSB must do this by:
  • Assessing the state of economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being in the local area.
  • Setting local objectives that are designed to maximise the PSB's contribution within the area to achieving the national well-being goals.
  • Taking all reasonable steps to meet these objectives i.e. through a Well-being Plan which must be informed by the Well-being Assessment.
  1. Corporate Performance and Resources Scrutiny Committee is the designated committee for scrutinising the work of the PSB. 
  1. In May 2017 the Vale PSB published its Well-being Assessment.  The Assessment brought together a wealth of information from a wide range of sources and provides a comprehensive picture of well-being in the Vale of Glamorgan and informed the Well-being Plan. 
  2. The PSB consulted on and agreed four Well-being Objectives which provide the framework for the Well-being Plan. Extensive engagement and consultation were undertaken around both the Well-being Assessment and the Well-being Plan. This has helped to ensure that the PSB has the right Plan. The Plan details a number of short term and long term actions which will be taken forward to deliver the Plan and the PSB's 2050 vision.
  3. The PSB's four Well-being Objectives are:
  • To enable people to get involved, participate in their local communities and shape local services
  • To reduce poverty and tackle inequalities linked to deprivation
  • To give children the best start in life
  • To protect, enhance and value our environment.
  1. The Plan details how the Well-being Objectives have been set, short and long term actions, how the Plan fits with other partnership plans and strategies and the outcomes the PSB wants to achieve.  The full Plan is attached at Appendix A and a summary document is attached as Appendix B.
  2. The Plan was approved by the PSB on the 18th April following formal approval by the relevant Boards/Committees of the PSB partners and published on the PSB website. The Plan was officially launched on the 22nd May at the HeARTh Gallery at Llandough Hospital.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. The actions in the Plan reflect where partners think their collective action can add the greatest value in contributing to the seven national well-being goals for Wales.  Many of the actions in the Plan cut across a number of objectives and demonstrate how partners are looking to integrate activities to deliver a range of outcomes. Actions in the Well-being plan include:
  • Research best practice in engagement and community participation to develop new approaches;
  • Support and promote volunteering opportunities for staff and residents;
  • Produce an engagement toolkit;
  • Work with the local community to identify and develop a co-production project;
  • Work together to promote healthy behaviour messages;
  • Work with local residents to identify and deliver an environmental project;
  • Develop a co-ordinated approach to tackling fuel poverty;
  • Work together as local employers to develop new opportunities for work experience and apprenticeships;
  • Improve parenting skills;
  • Review multi-agency arrangements for the delivery of preventative and statutory services for children and young people;
  • Promote active travel and more sustainable travel;
  • Deliver on a joint commitment to 'green' our estates .e.g. reduce energy use and minimise pollution.
  1. The four statutory partners on the PSB (The Council, Cardiff and Vale UHB, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Natural Resources Wales) have each  agreed to  lead on one of the Well-being Objectives. An Implementation Group has been formed with the following lead officers:
  • To enable people to get involved, participate in their local communities and shape local services - Vaughan Jenkins, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service;
  • To reduce poverty and tackle inequalities linked to deprivation - Fiona Kinghorn, Cardiff and Vale Public Health Team, Cardiff and Vale UHB;
  • To give children the best start in life  - Paula Ham, Vale of Glamorgan Council;
  • To protect, enhance and value our environment - Nadia De Longhi, Natural Resources Wales.
  1.  A mapping exercise is being undertaken bringing together relevant information and suggestions gathered through the consultation, identifying synergies with other plans e.g. neighbouring PSB Well-being Plans and the Cardiff and Vale Area Plan and also best practice and other resources.  This will help to inform how the different actions will be taken forward. Discussions around the implementation in the Plan are still in their infancy and one of the tasks for the leads will be to consider how they ensure that the right people from the right organisations get involved, recognising that the PSB will need to work with a a range of organisations e.g. Town and Community Councils, Housing Associations and the Third Sector to deliver the Plan.
  2.  Examples of how some of the actions are being taken forward include:
  • Dr. Tom Porter from the Cardiff and Vale Public Health Team will lead on Active Travel and establish a Task and Finish Group;
  • South Wales Fire and Rescue Services will be establishing a Task and Finish Group of consultation and engagement officers to share best practice, develop a toolkit and improve joint working in the area;
  • Paula Ham will be bringing relevant officers together to discuss the actions around giving children a good start in life and this year's Head teachers Conference is on Adverse Childhood Experiences;
  • The Poverty Alignment Group which brings together lead officers for Families First, Flying Start, Supporting People and Communities 4 Work together with officers from public health are already taking forward some of the actions around tackling inequalities linked to deprivation. This includes some research to build on the Well-being Assessment, support for parents and discussions around flexible funding;
  • A Food Vale Steering Group is already in place and will be progressing the actions around Food Vale;
  • Natural Resources Wales are working through potential options for how we bring partners together and share best practice and knowledge regarding the environment.
  1. Further discussion around the implementation of the Plan took place at the PSB meeting on the 3rd July. It is important that this is an inclusive process with all partners having the opportunity to shape how the Plan is implemented and to understand their contribution to the delivery of all the objectives.
  2. As part of the work around implementation the PSB is also considering the structures needed for delivery of the Plan and reviewing the sub- groups and partnerships that sit under the PSB.
  3. To assist with raising the profile of the PSB a standalone website  www.valepsb.wales and twitter account  @VOGPSB have been created. All partners are being encouraged to provide information for the website and tweets across all aspects of well-being.
  4. Some initial work has already been undertaken around performance management and the further development of the Well-being Assessment. This will be progressed further once the vacant post of the Policy and Research Officer within the Council's Strategy and Partnerships Team has been filled.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. The actions included in the Plan will be delivered in partnership by the PSB.  Welsh Government has made £46,753 funding available in the form of a regional grant for the Cardiff PSB and the Vale of Glamorgan PSB for 2018/19. This funding will be used for engagement activities, the further development of the PSB website and to enhance the Well-being Assessment.
  2. The Council's Strategy and Partnership team will continue to provide support to the PSB.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 is about sustainable development. The Act sets out a 'sustainable development principle' which specifies that the public bodies listed in the Act must act in a manner which seeks to ensure the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In meeting their sustainability duty, each body must set objectives that highlight the work the body will undertake to contribute to meeting the seven Well-being Goals for Wales.  
  2. Through the PSB partners are working together to contribute to the national well-being goals, adopt the five ways of working and improve social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. There are no specific legal implications as a direct result of this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. Actions in the Well-being Plan will contribute to improving safety and there is a key focus on preventative actions within the plan.  Actions within the plan will contribute to the national well-being goal of a more cohesive Wales.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. There are no specific equal opportunities implications as a direct result of this report and actions within the Well-being Plan will help to tackle inequalities and increase community engagement. They will also contribute to the national well-being goal of a more equal Wales.  An Equality Impact Assessment has been undertaken on the process undertaken to develop the assessment of local well-being and the Well-being Plan. Further Equality Impact Assessments will be undertaken as necessary for specific pieces of work.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. The Council's Corporate Plan reflects the authorities' duties and commitments to promoting sustainable development. The Corporate Plan is based around four well-being outcomes which provide a framework for the plan together with eight well-being objectives. Through the objectives the Council demonstrates its commitment to improving social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being and the promotion of sustainable development. In delivering these objectives the Council contributes to the seven Well-being goals for Wales and ensures that the needs of people of all ages and future generations are at the forefront of service delivery. 
  2. The objectives and actions within the PSB's Well-being Plan are consistent with the Council's well-being objectives.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. The Well-being Plan was approved by Council in February 2018.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. No specific Ward Member consultation has been undertaken.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Corporate Performance and Resources

Background Papers

Statutory Guidance on the Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015

Vale of Glamorgan Well-being Assessment (2017)

Contact Officer

Huw Isaac - Head of Performance and Development

Officers Consulted

Legal Services

Carys Lord Corporate Management Team

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas, Managing Director