Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
That Cabinet note overall latest performance
across the 8 Council Plan priorities for the period
Cabinet considered a report from the Chief Executive which provided Cabinet with a progress update on corporate performance, incorporating progress on the Council Plan delivery plan for the year ended 31st March 2015, and progress against the Children’s Services Improvement Plan for the period ended 30th April 2015.
A detailed analysis of corporate performance was attached in the Appendix to the report which contained performance information grouped under each of the Council’s Council Plan priorities.
In regard to the improvement programme for Children’s Services, the previous report to 31st December 2014 included 18 service performance measures and 6 quality measures for the first time. These were used by the Children’s Safeguarding Improvement Board to track improvement on safeguarding activity. Since the previous report to Cabinet, an insufficient number of quality audits were completed due to the OfSTED inspection visit and so no significant conclusions could be drawn from the number completed. Consequently, only the 18 service measures were included in the report.
Overall, latest performance figures were positive, with many of the targets in the Council Plan delivery plan having been met. Others were on track for delivery against planned timescales, and would be rolled forward in the delivery plan for 2015-16 agreed by Cabinet on 30th April 2015. Similarly, the majority of the Council’s service performance measures indicated continued progress and further improvement.
Where performance had dipped below target or baseline, officers continued to identify and deliver appropriate actions to improve performance and to bring performance back on track. In these instances, remedial action was highlighted in this report and in the detailed commentary in the Appendices.
In response to a question from the Leader the Assistant Director – Corporate Governance advised that a more in depth analysis of the numbers of pupils in receipt of free school meals (and the associated school uniform grant) had been carried out. Cabinet were advised that there were a number of factors influencing the numbers which included the fall in the unemployment rate and the implementation of the universal free school meals programme for infants. It was anticipated that forthcoming changes to the benefits regime would have a further impact. A recent publicity campaign regarding the availability of the scheme had resulted in an increase in numbers of parents registering and a further drive would take place before the start of the new school year.
Members were keen that the matter be raised at the Schools Forum and school governing bodies to promote the scheme as both the child and the school benefitted from the scheme and its link to the pupil premium for the school and other associated benefits for families including the school uniform grant.
(1) the overall performance across the 8 Council Plan priorities for the year ended 31 March 2015, and for the period ended 30 April 2015 for Children’s Improvement Plan performance be noted;
(2) performance across the performance indicators used to track progress against the Children’s Improvement Plan be noted.
Report author: Duncan McQueen
Publication date: 28/07/2015
Date of decision: 23/07/2015
Decided at meeting: 23/07/2015 - Cabinet
Effective from: 05/08/2015