Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Health, Wellbeing and Poverty Alleviation Portfolio Holder presented an update report on progress with the Council Plan 2021-2026 for Quarter 1 of 2021/22. Monitoring the success of the Council Plan informed of improvements and ensured that Council services addressed the needs of residents in an open and transparent way. The Council was committed to delivering high quality, cost effective services that met the needs of residents and improved quality of life. The performance management process helped the Council to demonstrate how well it was going. The report also included the Council’s Strategic Risk Register.
The Health, Wellbeing and Poverty Alleviation Portfolio Holder informed Members that the updated Council Plan had been adopted by Council on 23 February 2021. She added that the plan retains the vision of “South Lakeland as the best place to live, work and explore”.
Members requested that any future statistical analysis as part of Council Plan Performance Monitoring Reports be presented in a graphical format to help highlight trends to members and present a clearer picture of any progress made.
Further discussion raised a question relating to Town View Fields Hostel in Kendal and the increasing figures linked to homelessness. The Director of Customer and Commercial Services informed Members that Town View Fields was a space for limited temporary accommodation but that the Council was committed to working with partners to accommodate people. He referred to the significant increase in the number of homeless people and highlighted the Council’s commitment to preventing people from becoming homeless.
The Director of Customer and Commercial Services added that the Council had secured a number of additional units in Kendal and Grange to accommodate the increase in homeless people and reiterated the Council’s commitment to preventing people from becoming homeless.
Members expressed how proud they were of the officer and member response to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic which had ensured that the overall strategic objectives of the Council had been pursued throughout the pandemic.
RESOLVED – That the following be noted:-
(1) the Summary of Performance as detailed in the report;
(2) the detailed risks information contained within Appendix 1; and
(3) the detailed Business and Economy Statistics in Appendix 2.
Reasons for Decision
Performance Monitoring underpins service delivery and provides good value for money. Performance Monitoring supports the delivery of all four Council Plan Priorities.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
No alternative options – the purpose of the report is to receive a performance update. The Council must note successes, monitor progress and take action where appropriate.
Report author: John Davies
Publication date: 26/07/2021
Date of decision: 21/07/2021
Decided at meeting: 21/07/2021 - Cabinet