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Agenda Item 8.5

Agenda Item 8.5

COMMUNITY STRATEGY UPDATE


Partnership Integration Group (PIG)

The PIG met for the second time in January (notes of the meeting attached). This Group is represented by all the Thematic Groups, representatives from the Cross-Cutting issues and were joined at this meeting by key co-ordinators working in the County, which include:
- Gweneira Raw-Rees - Older People's Strategy
- Dilwyn Jones – Welsh Language (CERED)
- Bob Jaques – Sustainability (Ymlaen Ceredigion)
- Garfield Williams -Transport
- Alan Garrod – Community Safety

The meeting primarily concentrated on discussing finalising the Community Strategy and developing Action Plans to support the Strategy. Each Thematic Group provided updates on their progress with the Action Plans.

The timetable for 'finalising' the Strategy was delayed as the Economically Successful Theme may have additions to make following the development of the new Objective 1 Local Strategy, which will be submitted to the Welsh Assembly Government by the end of February.

Following discussions, it was agreed that CERED should consult its Board on the recommendation that it should be developed as the forum for Welsh Language under the Community Strategy. CERED will report back as appropriate.

Suggested additions to the Strategy:

- A General Foreword be added
- Reference is made to all Partner organisations represented on each Thematic Group. In addition, further information will be available on the Ceredigion 2020 website – www.ceredigion2020.org.uk

Key Actions and Next steps:

- Final Changes to the Strategy to be made by 28th February 2005
- The Strategy will then be translated and published in a glossy print
- Action Plans to be submitted by 31st March 2005
- These will then be translated and published as a separate appended document to the Strategy
- Each Partner Organisation needs to formally 'sign-up' to and adopt the Strategy. It is proposed to launch the Strategy through the Ceredigion 2020 Partnership.


Data Group

The Data Group is being developed as a sub-group of the Partnership Integration Group. The first meeting was held on 2nd February 2005 (notes of the meeting attached ).

The long term vision for the Data Group would be to have Ceredigion data in one central place and mapped on one Geographical Information System (GIS).


It was agreed to focus on 3 main priority actions in the short-term:

1. To research what others are currently doing with regard to data sharing and to research and share best practice.
2. To carry out an Audit / signposting exercise of existing data.
3. To consider the purpose of data sharing:
- For needs analysis / assessment purposes
- To measure progress against the Community Strategy and other Strategies
- For greater efficiency

The Data Group would welcome official support for this work from the Ceredigion 2020 Partnership Board.


Monitoring

Following publication of the Action Plans, it will be important to monitor and evaluate their progress.

There are a number of Indicators that will assist with this and the Action Plan template requires that links are made to Indicators. (Action Plan template attached )

The Welsh Assembly Government, through the Local Government Data Unit ~ Wales are carrying out a Performance Measurement Review. Among the proposals is the development of 'Shared Outcome' Indicators.
"Shared outcomes
The emphasis is increasingly on different agencies working in partnership to improve the quality of life of communities and individuals. The framework will include a number of measures of the longer term, multi-agency outcomes that the we are seeking to move towards – for example, reducing the proportion of children living in poverty, and increasing the proportion of people who feel safe in their neighbourhood. Although it is not necessarily appropriate to include these as national indicators for local government (since the outcomes are not attributable to local government alone), it is important that they are monitored at the national level too.
- Track progress on important national objectives
- Provide a context and focus for local authority specific policies, actions and measures
- Support community planning and encourage partnership working on shared objectives
There are currently a number of national indicator sets that cover cross cutting issues, with Quality of Life indicators being used most frequently by local authorities. The review will work with a range of public, voluntary and private sector agencies to agree a common set of indicators where there are common interests. Local authorities will be encouraged to promote the use of the measures with their partners and to include them in their community and other relevant strategies.
The intention is to review shared outcome indicators during Stage 2 of the review once local authority specific measures have been agreed."

Therefore, there will be an expectation that the 'Shared Outcome' Indicators are adopted by the Community Strategy and monitored. The LGDU / WAG have not proposed any 'Shared Outcome' Indicators to date.


Collaboration

Where does the Community Strategy fit in Nationally?

Through its Strategies, the Welsh Assembly Government is encouraging collaborative working across the Public Sector. The information below gives a brief summary of each of these Strategies:

Wales: A Better Country

The Welsh Assembly Government has set out its Vision for a "sustainable future for Wales where action for social, economic and environmental improvement work together to create positive change:

- promoting a diverse, competitive, high-added value economy, with high quality skills and education, that minimizes demands on the environment;
- action on social justice that tackles poverty and poor health, and provides people and their communities with the means to help themselves and break out of the poverty trap;
- action in our built and natural environment that enhances pride in the community, supports bio-diversity, promotes local employment and helps to minimise waste generation, energy and transport demands;
- strengthening Wales' cultural identity and helping to create a bilingual country;
- ensuring all our children and future generations enjoy better prospects in life, and are not landed with a legacy of problems bequeathed by us;
- supporting people to live healthy and independent lives;
- promoting openness, partnership and participation. "

For more information on Wales: A Better Country, see:
http://www.wales.gov.uk

People, Places, Futures - The Wales Spatial Plan

The role of the Wales Spatial Plan is:
- To ensure the Welsh Assembly Government and its partners and agents develop policy in ways which take account of the different challenges and opportunities in the different parts of Wales; and
- To provide a basis and momentum for working together on a shared agenda locally, so that the different parts of Wales can establish their own distinctive approaches to meet the objectives set in the strategic plan Wales: A Better Country and the Assembly's Sustainable Development Scheme.

The Spatial Plan forms one of the high-level strategic guidance 'building blocks' of the Welsh Assembly Government, alongside Wales: A Better Country and the Sustainable Development Scheme and Action Plan. It will be embedded in the central policy processes of the Welsh Assembly Government. In particular, the Plan will:

- Provide a clear framework for future collaborative action involving the Welsh Assembly Government and its agencies, local authorities, the private and voluntary sectors to achieve the priorities it sets out nationally and regionally
- Influence the location of expenditure by the Assembly Government and its agencies
- Influence the mix and balance of public sector delivery agencies' programmes in different areas
- Set the context for local and community planning
- Provide a clear evidence base for the public, private and voluntary sectors develop policy and action

For more information on People, Places, Futures – The Wales Spatial Plan, see:
http://www.wales.gov.uk


'Making the Connections': Delivering Better Services for Wales

The Welsh Assembly Government has produced a consultation paper – 'Making the Connections'. This document has four principles for better services:
- Citizens at the centre
- Equality and social justice
- Working better as the Welsh Public Service
- Value for Money

The emphasis is on putting the citizen centre-stage. "Citizen-centred services delivered by a more integrated Welsh public service will mean better value of money."

"The Wales Spatial Plan will provide a framework to help the planning and co-ordination of services regionally and nationally. Community Strategies will complement the Spatial Plan by feeding in local priorities as well as taking account of factors that go beyond the local authority boundary."

'Making the Connections' include challenges such as:
1. Public Service model for Wales
- Democratic accountability
- Front-line access and support
- Making services responsive
- Embedding participation
2. Working Together
- Increasing demand for seamless and integrated services
- Collaboration where we will improve services
- Better understanding of success factors and accountability framework for collaboration
- Simplification in relationships (plans etc.)
- Simplification in structure
- Simplification in regulation
3. Making the most of our resources
- £600m target
- Value for money, not accounting numbers
- Benefits realisation: real improvements
- Auditable and transparent
- Procurement – systems, goods, services
- Standardising, simplifying and sharing support services and business processes
- Reshaping services: reconfiguration and asset management, estates
- Best use of workforce
- Joint actions
- Local action and VFM targets
- Mainstreaming VFM into the business
4. Engaging the workforce
- Interchange across the public service
- Common HR issues, demographics, skills etc.
- Raising the HR game: workforce planning, attendance management etc.
- Public Service Management Wales
- Strategic approach to HR

For more information on 'Making the Connections': Delivering Better Services for Wales see:
http://www.cymruarlein.wales.gov.uk/fe/default.asp?n1=1&n2=5&n3=484

FUTURE WORK:

- The PIG will work to finalise the Community Strategy and Action Plans and launched.

- To develop meaningful measurement indicators.

- To identify opportunities for Partners to work together for the benefit of the area, in addition to identified Action Plan objectives.


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