PERFORMANCE SELF-ASSESSMENT UPDATE, QUARTER 2 2022 TO 2023
Decision Maker: Performance Scrutiny Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
The Lead Member for Finance,
Performance and Strategic Assets, Councillor Gwyneth Ellis, introduced the
Performance Self-Assessment Update Quarter 2 report (previously circulated).
The report presented an update on the Council’s performance against its
functions as at the end of quarter 2, 2022 to 2023, including Corporate Plan
and Strategic Equality objectives, and the seven key areas of governance.
was an essential monitoring requirement of the council’s Performance Management
Framework. Quarterly performance reports were routinely shared with the Senior
Leadership Team, Cabinet and Performance Scrutiny Committee to support
constructive discussion regarding performance and the identification of
interventions where necessary.
The report was presented in
two parts to outline progress against the following key areas –
Objectives – comprised of the Corporate Plan / Strategic Equality
Areas – Seven governance areas predetermined by the Statutory Guidance on
performance under the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021.
The summary evaluation
provided had been determined by the status of measures and projects for each of
the following priorities: the following projects –
Everyone was supported to live in homes that met their needs
Communities: Communities were connected and had access to goods and
services locally, online and through good transport links
Communities: The Council worked with people and communities to build
independence and resilience
Attractive and protected, supported well-being and economic prosperity
A place where younger people would want to live and work and had the skills to
Health: The Council was efficient, well-managed and environmentally
Members were advised that the
report presented to them was the final report on the 2017 – 2022 Corporate
Plan. From now on the performance
reports would be focussing on the introduction and implementation of the new
Corporate Plan, from 2022 – 2027.
The following were summarised
during the discussion –
A large number of the housing units earmarked
for development under the 2017-22 Corporate Plan were now nearing completion
towards the end of the Plan’s lifespan.
Damaged roads and pavements were not within the
report as the issue was to be addressed by the relevant service.
Domestic Abuse – Denbighshire saw a 34.3%
decrease in the number of repeat victims of domestic crime for July, August and
September 2022 in comparison to the same period last year. Figures reduced from
405 to 266. As a whole, North Wales had seen a 7.5% decrease in repeat
victims of domestic violence for July to September. The number of repeat offenders of Domestic Abuse had
also decreased in Denbighshire from 33 this time last year to 28 this year,
equating to a 15.2% reduction. The overall picture for North Wales was a
reduction of 8.1% for same period.
100 carer assessments had taken place between
July and September, bringing the financial year total to 197 (cumulative since
April). The figure was, however, a decrease of 11% for the same period last
year (221). Officers advised that
members may wish to consider scrutinising this particular area in the near
Data for the average length of time adults (aged
65 years or over) were supported in residential care homes had decreased from
1,059 (April to June) to 1,043 for July to September. This figure was 1,050
days for the same period last year.
Recently published data for the total economic
impact of tourism in Denbighshire had seen a dramatic increase from £213m in
2020 to £432m in 2021. This remained lower than pre-pandemic figures
(£552m in 2019), but this increase was encouraging and indicated the resilience
of the tourism sector and its continued economic significance to the county.
Young People Priority - There was only one
update to give within the report to the data framework for Young People. This
related to the 18 to 24 claimant count. Data for July to September revealed a
slight increase in Denbighshire's claimant count, at 5.3% (up from 4.9% in
June). The increase appeared to reflect national trends, with both the Wales
and UK averages also rising. DCC remained behind the Wales average at 4.3% (up
from 4.1%). The UK claimant count had not recovered its pre-pandemic levels
(which was historically lower than Wales), now at 4.6% (up from 4.3% in
June). The new Corporate Plan would be
focussing on ways of getting young people into the right type of work and
Workstart had changed to “at risk”. The project was at risk as there were
continued delays to the announcement of the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity
Fund. This had been due in August but
was now not expected until the end of October. No further funding has been
agreed to support the project beyond December, which placed staff at risk of
redundancy. However, delivery of current
targets were on track to be delivered until the end of December 2022. The Council’s Corporate Executive Team (CET)
had agreed to bridge the funding gap in the interim, until future funding
streams had been secured.
The second part of the report explained
corporate health pressures on finance.
Recruitment and retention of staff was an
ongoing issue. The report demonstrated
the productivity and progress by the Council.
The Scrutiny Chairs and Vice-Chairs Group had already requested an
information report following the end of the current financial year on
recruitment and retention in Denbighshire, with a view to determining if this
area merited in-depth scrutiny.
Connected Communities – BT Openreach had
attended a Scrutiny Committee meeting in the past and it was suggested that the
Denbighshire Digital Officer attend a future meeting.
Regarding DVSC, it was confirmed that the
Managing Director of DVSC would be attending Partnerships Scrutiny Committee on
15 December 2022 to discuss its relationship and work with Denbighshire County
Officers agreed to provide members with more
information on the suspension of the Allocations Policy for Social Housing and
on the Council’s recent percentage spend with suppliers based within
The report authors explained that illustrations and graphs
etc. could not be used within the report due to accessibility rules. However, the new performance framework that
is currently being developed to support the new Corporate Plan is an
opportunity for officers to explore with communications colleagues alternative
ways of reporting data, such as reintroducing coloured statuses and trend
analysis. We will seek Member input
through future reports.
At the conclusion of an in-depth discussion on the matters
raised within the Performance Self-Assessment update report, the Chair
encouraged members to refer areas which were a cause of particular concern to
them to the Scrutiny Chairs and Vice-Chairs Group for consideration as
potential future topics for thorough scrutiny.
Resolved: - subject to the above observations and advice –
to receive the contents of the Performance
Self-Assessment Update report for Quarter 2 2022 to 2023; and
(ii) that members
complete scrutiny proposal forms on any areas of concern and submit them to the
Scrutiny Chairs and Vice-Chairs Group for consideration for inclusion on a
scrutiny committee forward work programme for future detailed examination.
Publication date: 24/11/2022
Date of decision: 24/11/2022
Decided at meeting: 24/11/2022 - Performance Scrutiny Committee