Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Cabinet Meeting: 18 November, 2013


Report of the Leader


Visits by the Minister for Local Government and Government Business to Local Authorities during Summer 2013


Purpose of the Report

1.         To inform Cabinet of the visits made by the Minister for Local Government and Government Business to Local Authorities over the summer of 2013, including the Vale of Glamorgan Council, and the case studies of good practice drawn up by the Minister as a result.


1.         That Cabinet note this report and the case studies listed in the Appendix.

Reasons for the Recommendation

1.         So that Cabinet are aware of the visits undertaken by the Minister and the case studies drawn up as a result.



2.         During summer 2013 the Minster for Local Government and Government Business made visits to all Welsh Councils, including the Vale Council, with the aim of finding out at first hand what innovative solutions Councils were adopting to address the challenges they face.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.         As a result of these visits the Minister has published a document, "Summer Visits to Local Authorities 2013" (see Appendix), which is a prospectus of case studies from her visits.  The case studies are focused on the themes of Prevention and Early Intervention, Innovation, Collaboration and Entrepreneurship.  The subject areas are Children's Services, Jobs and Growth, Regeneration, Integrated Care & Social Services, Customer Service and Non-Statutory Services.

4.         The Vale of Glamorgan Council features in respect of three initiatives.  These are the Contact OneVale/Cardiff & Vale University Health Board communication hub (details on page19 of the Appendix), the Barry Regeneration Programme (page 42) and the Cadoxton House support centre (page 20).  The Minister also visited the Penarth Learning Community project, but this does not feature in the report.

5.         It is also worth noting that the Council is not listed as a partner in Case Study 8, the Alcohol Treatment Centre (page 23). In fact, the project is one of the Regional Collaboration Fund projects involving both Cardiff and Vale Councils as well as other partner organisations.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

6.         None as a result of this report.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

7.         None as a result of this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

8.         None.   

Crime and Disorder Implications

9.         None.  

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

10.      None.

Corporate/Service Objectives

11.      One of the Corporate Plan's core values for the Council is delivering high quality, value-for-money services.  The case studies listed provide ideas for the services and themes under consideration.

Policy Framework and Budget

12.      This is a matter for Executive decision.  

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

13.      None applicable.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

14.      Corporate Resources

Background Papers



Contact Officer

Huw Isaac

Head of Performance and Development

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Officers Consulted



Responsible Officer:

Sian Davies

Managing Director