Caerphilly County Borough Council has outlined its long-term priorities with the publishing of its new Corporate Plan.
The document, available on the council’s website, details the authority’s priorities up to 2017, as well as its Improvement Objectives for 2014-15.
The council has set eight specific priorities for the next three years or more, starting from 2014-15:
- People’s social care needs are identified and met in a timely and appropriate way.
- Children and adults are safeguarded from abuse.
- Improve education standards across all age groups, particularly Key Stage 3 and 4.
- Identify vulnerable groups of learners and develop interventions to ensure needs are met.
- Reduce the gap in attainment between pupils in advantaged and disadvantaged communities.
- Promote the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle.
- Invest in our council homes and their communities to transform lives.
- Affordability – deliver a medium term financial plan aimed at ultimately providing a period of stability that helps the authority to have a range of services in the future that are sustainable.
These long-term priorities will help the authority concentrate on specific outcomes and help focus efforts to make improvements quicker.
The eight long-term priorities link with the six short-term Improvement Objectives, agreed by Cabinet earlier this year, as well as the ‘Caerphilly Delivers’ Single Plan, a joint partnership document detailing long term priorities for the whole community.
Cllr Keith Reynolds, Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council, said: “There is no doubt that we are facing tough times ahead due to the current financial climate, but we are committed to demonstrating best value while delivering quality services at all times. This Corporate Plan provides a structured approach to our work and will help us achieve our short and long-term goals.
“I truly believe we are an excellent local authority with a dedicated, professional workforce, but I also acknowledge that we do still have some shortcomings which need to be addressed, and this document will play a key part in our improvement process.”
The council’s Corporate Plan and Improvement Objectives can be viewed at www.caerphilly.gov.uk. Hard copies of the Corporate Plan will also be made available in libraries across the county borough.