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Improvement Plan update

Published: 08/12/2016

Flintshire County Council Cabinet members will receive an update on the progress of the Council’s Improvement Plan 2016/17 when they meet on Tuesday, 13 December. The Council sets out its priorities for improvement every year in the Improvement Plan, working on overall targets to develop services and living standards across the county. Tuesday’s monitoring report provides a mid-year assessment and shows whether the Council is on track to achieve its desired impacts. Highlights achieved so far this financial year include: · Construction of 12 new council houses, the first council in Wales to do so and the first in a generation, at the Custom House site in Connahs Quay was completed this month. Construction at the Walks site in Flint commenced in August 2016 ahead of the planned programme and will deliver an additional 92 council and affordable homes. · Delivery of Disabled Facilities Grants for children and adults are significantly ahead of targets. · Work to upgrade our Council owned homes is ahead of target for completion of new kitchens, bathrooms and smoke detector installations by a significant amount. · 86% of business enquiries were converted into investment in the county resulting in the creation of 322 new jobs - 242 within the Deeside Enterprise Zone and five from the social enterprise sector, adding to the cumulative total of 934 new jobs created during 2016/17. · Six dementia cafes throughout the county, with three towns now “Dementia Friendly” towns – Buckley, Flint and Mold. · A proactive partnership approach with Betsi Cadwalader University Hospital Board on the use of intermediate care funds has had a positive effect on ensuring a smooth transition for patients between hospital and social care services. · The target to support the numbers of young people of school age in the youth justice system who are offered 25 hours of education, training or employment has been surpassed and more than doubled. The target has also been surpassed for those above school age. The Youth Justice Service works with external providers such as Groundworks and LIFT to develop learning opportunities for young people within the criminal justice system. · Flintshire has seen a reduction in the number of domestic abuse cases being brought back to the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference for review. Councillor Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council, said: “Through our Improvement Plan we prioritise areas and services that are important to the community and to our residents and measure how well we are doing. Despite the continuing financial pressures, Flintshire County Council remains ambitious, innovative and determined to deliver on our priorities which include, assisting people with access to decent affordable housing, quality education, training and employment.” Colin Everett, Chief Executive of the Council, said: Performance against our priorities is good evidence of how well our Council is achieving on the things which matter most to our communities. “By monitoring the Council’s Improvement Plan at different stages during the year, we can assess whether we are going to hit targets set to improve services for residents and focus our energies on our local priorities.”