Agenda Item No. 5
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 6 JANUARY 2016
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 14 DECEMBER 2015
C3011 DRAFT CORPORATE PLAN 2016-20 (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – ALL) -
Endorsement was sought of the draft Corporate Plan 2016-20 attached at Appendix B to the report to be used for the basis for consultation.
The current Corporate Plan was approved in 2012 and set out a vision for the Council up to 2017 and was structured around eight corporate priorities. In June 2015 Cabinet agreed that a review of the current plan should be undertaken and agreed a way forward and a timetable for the review (Minute C2822 referred).
In April 2015 Welsh Government passed the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act. The Act placed a duty on the Council to carry out sustainable development which meant the process of improving the economic, social and cultural well-being of Wales. The Act required the Council to set and publish well-being objectives by April 2017 that maximised its contribution to achieving the well-being goals which were attached as Appendix A to the report.
The Draft plan attached at Appendix B to the report had been drafted in parallel with the Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) and during a time of significant and sustained pressure on public finances. The priorities for the next four years had been developed in full recognition of the financial climate and the achievability of the actions associated. There was also a recognition that in light of future budgetary decisions there would be a need to review and potentially amend the plan. Increasingly the Council would need to work with its partners and communities to identify alternative ways of delivering services.
The draft plan set the scene in terms of key facts and figures about the Vale of Glamorgan as an area, the Council as an organisation and the Council's vision and values. The plan proceeded to demonstrate the factors that had influenced the new plan's creation which included:
- information regarding what had been achieved through the Corporate Plan 2013-17
- an overview of local needs e.g. demographic trends
- available resources and the need to reshape services to meet future challenges
- details of staff engagement activities
- engagement with partners and residents
- the importance of partnership working
- the Council's duties under the Act.
The delivery element of the draft plan was framed around four well-being outcomes and there were two well-being objectives to support each outcome.
The final parts of the plan demonstrated the Council's approach to strategic planning and recognition of the need to have robust arrangements in place. This was followed by details of actions linked to the internal workings of the Council which would be instrumental to ensuring the Council had the foundations in place to promote sustainable development. The plan concluded with details of how the plan would be monitored.
In terms of consultation the plan had been developed in tandem with the MTFP and it was proposed that a joint consultation was undertaken on the budget and the draft Corporate Plan. This would enable stakeholders to comment on the Council's proposed priorities with a better understanding of the available funding. The consultation would include an on-line questionnaire, circulation of the draft Corporate Plan to a range of stakeholders including the Local Service Board, Vale 50+ Strategy Forum, Town and Community Councils, Youth Cabinet and all five Scrutiny Committees.
To ensure the consultation was fully accessible to all Vale residents, hard copies would be available on request and respondents would be able to submit their views online, in writing and by telephone. There would also be a number of face-to-face engagement sessions with community groups that represented residents with protected characteristics, as defined under the Equality Act (2010).
The timetable below details key dates for consulting on the draft plan, approving and publishing the plan.
Cabinet 14 December, 2015
Consultation December 2015 – February 2016
Five Scrutiny Committees (Draft Plan) 4 – 12 January, 2016
Amendments to Plan post consultation January/February 2016
Corporate Resources Scrutiny (Amended
Plan) 9 February, 2016
Cabinet 22 February, 2016
Council 2 March, 2016
Translation March 2016
Publication April 2016
After this item was presented, the Cabinet Member for Regeneration commented that she was pleased this report was being bought forward as it was an ambition of the Council to increase community participation and the Corporate Plan was a core document in this regard. She considered it important to consider this matter in the context of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and this report was an important step forward.
The Managing Director confirmed that the outcomes of the Corporate Plan were aligned with the requirements of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. They had been assessed in order to ensure the outcomes and key priorities were appropriate for the Vale of Glamorgan in moving forward. He further commented that it was important to recognise that the Council had to focus on priorities during austerity. Finally, he gave thanks to Officers and Members for their work so far on this important document and looked forward to the consultation process.
The Leader noted that there remained much work to do, and once the report had been through an Equality Impact Assessment it would be reported to Council for approval. It was acknowledged that the Draft Corporate Plan would help the Council achieve the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 requirements.
At the meeting the Cabinet Member for Visible and Leisure Services agreed with his colleagues and passed on his congratulations to all Officers in bringing this report forward.
This was a matter for Executive decision
Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein
(1) T H A T the Draft Corporate Plan 2016-20 attached at Appendix B to the report, and timetable for proposals for consultation as outlined in the report be approved.
(2) T H A T the Draft Corporate Plan 2016-20 report and appendices be referred to all relevant Scrutiny Committees for their comments.
(3) T H A T the Draft Corporate Plan 2016-20 report and appendices be referred to all relevant stakeholders; and members of the public be encouraged to respond as part of the consultation process.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To ensure the Council had an effective and up to date Corporate Pan which reflected the work being undertaken across the Council to improve the quality of life in the Vale of Glamorgan.
(2-3) To enable timely and meaningful consultation and scrutiny of the draft Corporate Plan 2016-20.
Attached as Appendices – Supplementary Information
Report to Cabinet – 14 DECEMBER 2015