Agenda Item No 6


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 15th April 2013


Report of the Managing Director


Improvement Objectives 2013/14


Purpose of the Report

1.             To consult Scrutiny Committee members on proposed improvement objectives for 2013/14.


That Members endorse the proposed improvement objectives for 2013/14 within this Committee's remit.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To ensure that the Council identifies and publishes annual improvement objectives for 2013/14 in line with requirements of the Local Government Measure (Wales) 2009.

2.             To ensure that improvement objectives focus specifically on those areas where there is a need for improvement, reflecting the work being undertaken across the Council to improve the quality of life for Vale residents.

3.             To enable the Council to more easily demonstrate achievement of its objectives.


2.             The Corporate Plan is a key means of the council complying with the Local Government Measure 2009, which requires the Council to set 'improvement objectives' annually and demonstrate continuous improvement.

3.             A full review of the Corporate Plan was undertaken during 2012 following local government elections and identified eight priority outcomes for the Council. The proposed improvement objectives and associated actions for 2013/14 reflect priorities in the Corporate Plan and ensure that the Council is focusing on the areas in need of the most improvement.

4.             Service plans for 2013/14 have incorporated a comprehensive self assessment and these have also informed proposed improvement objectives for the same period, along with current external regulatory assessments. 

5.             The draft Corporate Plan (2013-2017) was approved by Cabinet on 25th February 2013 following the conclusion of consultation with key stakeholders and partners.  The Plan sets out a four year vision for the Council, structured around eight priority outcomes which reflect the priority outcomes in the Community Strategy (2011-2021). These outcomes are also reflected in service plans for 2013/14 and have informed the development of service objectives and outcomes.

Relevant Issues and Options

6.             Eight improvement objectives are proposed for 2013/14 including three carried forward from 2012/13, which have been amended to reflect the areas of focus for further improvement work in 2013/14.  These are:

  • To promote sustainable practices throughout our domestic waste management services with a particular focus on promoting waste prevention, reducing landfill and increasing recycling.
  • To reduce the time taken to deliver disabled facilities grants to children and young people and to adults to achieve the Welsh average performance of 2011/12 as a minimum.
  • To implement effective and sustainable workforce planning for the Council.

7.             Appendix 1 outlines the proposed objectives and provides a rationale. The measures to be undertaken to make a difference are identified including a lead officer at chief officer level with responsibility for ensuring the achievement of key outcomes.

8.             We are required to consult on our improvement objectives and the proposed objectives will be published on the Council’s website during April 2013 inviting comments from the public. A summary of the results of the public consultation will be included in the report to Cabinet.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

9.             In determining its priorities the Council has been mindful of the economic situation locally and nationally and taken into account legislation changes and government policy.  The key objectives set out in the Corporate Plan either have resources committed to their achievement (Medium Term Financial Plan) or the likely prospect of such resources being made available in the period of the plan.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

10.        The Corporate Plan and proposed improvement objectives have given due consideration to sustainability and climate change implications on planned activities where appropriate.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

11.        The council has a duty under the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 to identify and publish its annual improvement objectives and report progress against them.

Crime and Disorder Implications

12.        The Corporate Plan and proposed improvement objectives have given due consideration to crime and disorder implications on planned activities where appropriate.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

13.        The Corporate Plan and proposed improvement objectives have given due consideration to crime and disorder implications on planned activities where appropriate.

Corporate/Service Objectives

14.        The Corporate Plan 2013-2017 outlines community leadership as a priority for the council.  Improving how the council evidences and reports achievement of its priority outcomes contributes towards effective community leadership.

Policy Framework and Budget

15.        Improvement objectives for 2013/14 will be submitted to Cabinet and Council for approval.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

16.        N/A

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

17.        All.

Background Papers

Proposed Improvement Objectives 2013/14


Contact Officer

Huw Isaac - Head of Performance and Development


Officers Consulted

All relevant Officers have been consulted on the contents of this report including:

Corporate Management Team

Operational Manager Policy and Communications

Performance Manager


Responsible Officer:

Sian Davies, Managing Director