A report that presents Cabinet with an update on the Council’s performance set against the targets contained in the Corporate Plan.
Portfolio Holder – Councillor Kam Kaur
Councillor Kam Kaur (Portfolio Holder for Customer and Transformation) introduced the published report. Cabinet’s attention was drawn to paragraph 2.1 (page 21) and a list of eight performance measures that have been paused during the current Pandemic. Paragraph 2.3 highlighted five measures where performance was not on target.
A significant improvement in performance in two areas was noted. These were,
1) % of Children in Care (CIC) aged under 16 who have been looked after continuously for at least 2.5 years, who were living in the same placement for at least 2 years, or are placed for adoption; and,
2) the Number of days sick leave per FTE (rolling 12 months).
Councillor Kaur thanked all staff for their hard work during the Pandemic. She added that the County Council must continue to be mindful that stress, mental health and general wellbeing are an issue for staff.
Five measures of particular concern were highlighted. (Pages 22 to 26). These are
Councillor Helen Adkins (Leader of the Labour Group) expressed her concern over budget performance with the SEND home to school transport service. Councillor Adkins observed that cost savings should not be a prime consideration when determining where a child is schooled. Mainstream school inclusion is not appropriate for many children. Parents should be given more of a say in the matter as should the child’s school. Changes, she suggested, are being introduced too quickly. A task and finish group has been established and its outcome should be awaited.
In response, Cabinet was informed,
Councillor Jerry Roodhouse (Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group) recognised the eight measures that had been paused. He understood why Ofsted and CQC inspections had halted but requested that a message go to them, possibly via the Local Government Association, that they need to resume some form of inspection regime to begin to understand the current position. That proxy school attainment measures are to be introduced was welcomed. It was hoped that these would be included in the next report to Cabinet. In addition, it was considered that it would be useful to see trend data included as well as forecasts for future performance. Regarding employment data (page 24) Councillor Roodhouse suggested that the information provided should be broken down by age. This would help to highlight the challenges to be faced around skills and training.
In response to Councillor Jerry Roodhouse’s comments regarding inspections, Councillor Les Caborn (Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health) assured the meeting that although some inspection regimes had been paused the County Council continues to undertake its own inspections.
In response to Councillor Jerry Roodhouse, Councillor Kam Kaur informed Cabinet that a briefing is to be provided to the Adult Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee on care and quality.
Councillor Kaur offered to explore opportunities to provide forecast information. Regarding employment it was noted that it will be important to work with businesses over the forthcoming months to keep skills current.
Councillor Keith Kondakor stated that flooding in Weddington continues to be a problem that needs to be monitored closely. Regarding the economic downturn, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has been unable to appoint an Economic Development Officer. Cabinet was asked to consider whether the County Council could offer assistance to the Borough Council on this matter.
Concerning the flooding issue in Weddington Councillor Andy Crump (Portfolio Holder for Fire & Rescue and Community Safety) stated that after a very wet October the Fire and Rescue Service is reviewing its winter plans. Councillor Andy Crump offered to discuss the particular issues in Weddington with Councillor Keith Kondakor.
That Cabinet notes the progress of the delivery of the Council Plan 2020
- 2025 for the period as contained in the report.