Agenda Item No
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Cabinet Meeting: 3rd December 2012
Report of the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and
Play Sufficiency Audit
Purpose of the Report
1. The purpose of
this report is to inform the Cabinet 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.
1. That the duty
placed on the Vale of Glamorgan Council in relation to play is
acknowledged and the completion of a Play Sufficiency Audit and
action plan be endorsed.
2. That the
completed Play Sufficiency Audit and Draft Action Plan be reported
to the Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee and a subsequent
Cabinet in due course.
Reasons for the Recommendations
1. To ensure that
the Vale Council meets 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.
2. The Welsh
Government places great value on play and its importance in the
lives of children in our society. They wish to create an
environment in Wales where children have excellent opportunities to
play and enjoy their leisure time. To achieve this they have
included consideration of play within its policy development and
they are now placing a duty on Local Authorities to do the
3. The duty
requires Local Authorities to assess for and with regard to that
assessment, 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 regard (among other things) for the needs
of disabled children and the needs of children of different
Relevant Issues and Options
4. It is intended
that the statutory duty on Local Authorities to provide sufficient
play opportunities will be embedded within the Single Integrated
5. To assist the
Local Authority in assessing play needs, the Welsh Government will
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 complete the assessment of play opportunities
by 1st March 2013.
Authorities are required to produce a Single Integrated Plan for
play by 1st March 2013. The Play Sufficiency Assessment must
provide the evidence necessary to ensure that the Vale comply with
the duty of section 11(3) of the Measure, that it secures
sufficient play opportunities for children in the area, so far as
reasonably practicable. The Audit must also contribute to the
overall needs assessment and the action plan for securing
sufficient play opportunities must be incorporated into the Single
Integrated Plan. Progress made on securing sufficient play
opportunities, as set out in the single integrated plan should be
reviewed on an annual basis, with further Play Sufficiency
Assessments being carried out every three years.
7. Welsh Government
were to provide Local Authorities with toolkits to assist with
undertaking the Play Sufficiency Assessment during the summer
period. However there was a delay in the release of these. The
Statutory Guidance, the Regulations and the toolkits were released
into the public domain on 2nd November, which is the commencement
date of the duty.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
8. The Welsh
Government has provided £21,622 to assist with completion of the
audit. There will be workload implications, specifically for the
Sports & Play Development Manager and the Play Development
Officer, both of whom will be leading on the completion of the
audit. Where appropriate, additional personnel will be employed to
assist with completion of the Audit.
will need to be given to the practicalities of delivering against
the Single Integrated Plan for play given that there is no core
funding for play within the Vale of Glamorgan Council budget. The
Play Development Officer is currently partly funded to deliver play
provision for disabled children through Families First funding and
to deliver other project based play provision via other funding
streams which will cease on 31st March 2013.
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
Council's Sports & Play Development Team is aware of the
Council's commitment to sustainability and try to enforce this
message when delivering sessions. Encouraging participation in
sporting activity can also add to community cohesion whilst at the
same time encouraging a wider adoption of healthy lifestyle
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
detailed in the report there is a requirement to complete this work
by 31st March 2013.
Crime and Disorder Implications
provision of leisure activities are now proven to assist in
reduction of crime and disorder.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language
Council's Play Service is delivered in accordance with the
Council's Equal Opportunities policy.
provision of the services discussed in this report are integral to
the Council's health and wellbeing objectives.
Policy Framework and Budget
report is a matter for executive decision by Cabinet.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
16. No ward
members have been consulted on this report as play is delivered
across the whole of the Vale of Glamorgan.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
Karen Davies - Sports & Play Development
Operational Manager, Parks & Grounds
Operational Manager Leisure and Tourism
Head of Finance
Operational Manager, Legal Services
Children & Young People's Partnership
Operational Manager for Planning &
Rob Thomas - Director of Development