To monitor progress against the measures of success as detailed within the Council Plan.
The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder presented the fourth quarter Council Plan Performance Monitoring Report 2019/20 which set out the Council Plan Priorities and Measures of Success. The measures listed, details of which were set out within the report, were showing very good performance and demonstrated that South Lakeland was a very desirable place to live, work and explore. However, in line with the national trend and the influence of Covid-10, the number of homeless households living in temporary accommodation was increasing. South Lakeland District Council’s vision and strategy was to improve prosperity, ensuring a positive benefit for the community. Detailed information for each measure was provided within the report.
The Leader felt that the report demonstrated a successful trajectory overall, and thanked both councillors and officers for their work in the delivery of the Council Plan. He, however, raised the need to re-boost the measures, drawing attention to those areas which were not moving in the right direction, for example food banks, alcohol addiction and homelessness.
The report also included the latest Strategic Risk Register. Out of a total number of 17 risks, two of which were new, 11 were currently above the Council’s tolerance but were, however, being managed effectively. The Leader stressed the fact that some of the risks had increased significantly as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. He suggested that the risks should be the subject of a discussion involving all Members of the Council, open for the public to hear, so that all could be aware of what the Council was facing. He informed Members that he would, therefore, bring this matter up with Group Leaders later in the afternoon.
The Deputy Leader and Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder took the opportunity to refer to the summary of performance on homelessness and the detrimental impact of COVID-19 on this target. He wished to point out that, although the numbers were in excess of the target, officers were doing an excellent job in ensuring that those who were homeless in the current conditions were receiving support and also that the Council had additional capacity to deliver on this target in the short term.
Members supported the need for a discussion by all councillors on risks. A suggestion was raised for the need to highlight the successes in relation to housing, for example the number of empty homes brought back into use. Further raised was the need now to publish details in relation to the Local Development Plan. The Deputy Leader and Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder pointed out that people’s attention had been elsewhere, however, agreed to take the suggestions on board; ensuring the future for delivery of housing was crucial. The Health, Wellbeing and Financial Resilience Portfolio Holder responded to a request for information on food banks, saying that there had been an increase in demand, over and above the norm, but that the food banks were coping, with plenty of volunteers and donations from the public who had responded wonderfully. The Leader added that South Lakeland District Council would ensure that nobody went hungry, pointing out that the Health, Wellbeing and Financial Resilience Portfolio Holder was in constant contact with the relevant organisations.
A vote was taken on the proposals during which all Cabinet Members confirmed that they had, without interruption, heard the full presentation and discussion on the item.
RESOLVED – That the following be noted:-
(1) the Summary of Performance as detailed within the report; and
(2) the detailed risks information contained within Appendix 1 to the report.
Reasons for Decision
The report links directly to the Council Plan commitment to ensure that the Council is equipped to provide the best, most cost-effective services. Details regarding performance monitoring are published in line with the Council’s Performance Management Framework.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
None – The purpose of the report is to receive a performance update. The Council must note successes, monitor progress and take action where appropriate.