Council publishes its annual self-assessment report
The Annual Self-Assessment report details our own assessment of how we’ve performed in meeting our objectives over the past year.
The report highlights our key achievements over the past twelve months, which includes:
- Improvements to school buildings at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg, South Point Primary school, Whitmore High School, Gladstone Primary School, St David’s Church in Wales Primary School and Pencoedtre High School as part of the Sustainable Communities for Learning programme
- Rolled out a package of support for residents during the Cost of Living Crisis, which includes financial aid, support for food banks and other community-based projects.
- Increased the choice available to vulnerable adult residents to support and improve their well-being through the ‘Your Choice’ initiative with an additional 5 agencies signing up to the scheme
- Increased participation in physical activity through a variety of initiatives involving nearly 280 partner organisations. There were more than 74,500 participations in sports and physical activity through the Active Young people programme alone
- Secured nearly £18.75m of planning contributions which have been committed to economic infrastructure improvement schemes in communities across the whole of the Vale of Glamorgan
- Invested £4.111m in transport improvement initiatives
- Supported residents experiencing food insecurity whilst reducing food waste through schemes such as the Penarth Food Pod, Llantwit Major Food Access - CF61 Food Share, the Big Bocs Bwyd in Barry, Cadfeld Van and Ysgol y Draig
- 22 wards and 26 community groups have benefitted from £1.27m of funding to support local assets as part of our Strong Communities Fund
- Over 1,400 vulnerable young people accessed a variety of youth work projects, interventions, homelessness prevention and well-being support through digital face to face opportunities
- Progressed an ambitious project to reduce homelessness and support people to move on to more permanent accommodation
- 771 residents accessed the Council’s One stop shop and received multiple support sessions on a range of issues resulting in a positive impact in terms of improved housing situation, economic and financial situation, and personal health and overall well-being
The aim of the self-assessment report is to demonstrate to Welsh Government, our Regulators, Vale of Glamorgan citizens and other stakeholders how we are performing, that we are making decisions in an open way, and effectively using our money and other resources to deliver our Annual Delivery Plan commitments and contribute to the national Well-being goals.
Alongside the findings from our self-assessment, we have also engaged with key stakeholders, including the public, to ask them what they think about our performance and the areas we need to focus on in the coming year.
Together these have informed our areas for further focus which have been reflected in the Council’s Annual Delivery Plan for 2023/24. In addition, in this year’s ADP there is a particular emphasis on three critical challenges which many actions in the plan will contribute to. These challenges are:
- The Cost of Living Crisis – supporting our residents, local organisations and business in the face of rising costs in particular around energy, food and housing.
- Project Zero – responding to the climate and nature emergencies and delivering the commitments in our Climate Challenge Plan.
- Organisational Resilience – ensuring that we can continue to adapt in the face of adversity and provide our services despite the financial pressures and workforce challenges that we and many of our partners organisations face.
We are currently consulting on the draft Annual Delivery Plan, which will be published in March 2023. Please visit: Annual Delivery Plan 2023-24 | Participate Vale (valeofglamorgan.gov.uk)
For more information on the Self-Assessment Report, please read the full report.