Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (LIFELONG LEARNING): 08 SEPTEMBER, 2014
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 14 JULY, 2014
C2403 ADULT COMMUNITY LEARNING SERVICE RESTRUCTURE (AS) (EXEMPT INFORMATION – PARAGRAPHS 12, 13 AND 14) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – LIFELONG LEARNING) –
Approval was sought to restructure the Adult Community Learning Service (ACL) with effect from 1 September, 2014 in response to the published changes to the funding provision to the Welsh Government Adult Community Learning Grant and the franchise funding from Cardiff and the Vale College.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the reconfiguration of the Adult Community Learning Service as set out in the report be approved in order to comply with Estyn recommendations.
(2) T H A T the report be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) for information.
(3) T H A T staff members and relevant Trade Unions be consulted as a matter of urgency and that any adverse comments be reported to Cabinet as soon as practicable.
(4) T H A T Cabinet receive updates on the operation of the Service on a termly basis for at least one year.
(5) T H A T any proposed changes to reconfiguration of the service, premises and delivery models be reported to Cabinet for approval before being implemented.
(6) T H A T the revised structure for the Adult Community Learning Service (ACL) as set out in Appendix 2 attached to the report be approved.
(7) T H A T delegated authority be granted to the Director of Learning and Skills in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Adult Services to implement the proposals.
Reasons for decisions
(1) The service must be reconfigured to adapt to financial challenges and to ensure the service was up to the standards expected by the Estyn Inspectors on their revisit in the Autumn of 2014.
(2) To ensure all Members were aware of the impact of changes and the possible effects on learners and staff.
(3) To ensure Trade Unions were aware of the reasons for the change to the service and are able to collaborate with the Adult Services manager to mitigate effects on staff.
(4) To enable Cabinet to monitor the progress of the service post reconfiguration and to ensure that there was positive and proactive progress in meeting Estyn recommendations and expectations in the future.
(5) To ensure Cabinet was aware and in support of any change to the reconfiguration or changes to delivery premises before any further change is implemented.
(6&7) Restructuring would enable the service to meet the recommendations made by Estyn following the partnership inspection in February 2013. It would also enable the service to meet the required outcomes of the targeted Welsh Government grant funding and to maintain a universal leisure and wellbeing learning offer that was self-sustaining through cost recovery measures. Thirdly, it will reduce costs in response to the reductions in funding.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 14 July, 2014 [N.B. This is a Part II Report]