Corporate Business Plan (CBP)

Corporate Business Plan 2016

Introduction

Welcome to the council's Corporate Business Plan (CBP) 2016.

From 1999 to 2010 the Government required all councils to produce a business plan bringing together their Medium Term Financial Strategy, service plans, objectives and performance outtruns and targets.

Until 2010 this requirement was met through the publication of our annual Corporate Business Plan (CBP) which looks back over the previous year and forward to the next three. The CBP helps to provide a complete picture of the overall framework within which the council works to achieve our objectives of delivering high quality, value for money services.

There is no longer a formal requirement to produce a Plan. However, the council remains committed to effective and transparent annual financial and service planning, and robust performance management-features independently recognised as being amongst the best of any authority in the country. As such, the key components of CBP remain integral to the business planning process in Wandsworth and are subject to regular scrutiny.

This page brings all these elements together so they can still be easily accessed as a 'Virtual' Business Plan for 2016. This ensures that all residents, service users, partners and businesses continue to know how the council is performing and can monitor our successes or otherwise.

Foreword from the Leader of the Council

Our business plan sets out the vision to maintain Wandsworth as the best place to live in London and to improve the life chances of our most vulnerable residents. It shows the continued commitment to low Council Tax, economic ambition and providing our residents with first rate local services over the full course of their lives. These are our core values and will be maintained despite the tough economic challenges we have to face.

Our plan sets clear targets for keeping this borough a safe, prosperous and healthy place to live. We listen carefully to our residents and we know they place great value in access to good schools, parks, as well as the streets being clean and roads in good repair. Preserving vital community services and assets like these remain our highest priority in the years ahead. Our ambitious plans to share senior management with Richmond will save £10 million per year - this is just one of the innovative approaches we're taking to save tax payers' money and protect services.

Attracting new investment to our town centres and development areas is another key focus. As places like Nine Elms and Wandsworth Town grow we will ensure the rest of the borough feel the benefits through new jobs, apprenticeships, transport links, business opportunities and affordable housing.

Through our 'Aspiration Programme' we will continue to focus a great deal of our energy and resources on helping the most disadvantaged estates in Battersea and Roehampton to fulfil their great potential.  This includes vast improvements to outdated homes and neighbourhoods, as well as targeting youth support, skills training and employment services.

For Wandsworth, regeneration is not just about rebuilding or providing new housing. It is an opportunity to tackle problems within our existing communities and to give local people chances to improve their lives and those of their families. This is what our business plan is all about.

Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council

The council's corporate objectives

The council has 5 strategic objectives (and sub-objectives) that reflect the council's priorities and its ongoing corporate ambition to deliver high quality, value for money services, including keeping the Council Tax amongst the lowest in the country:

  • Deliver high quality, value for money services (cross-cutting objective)
  • Improving opportunities for children and young people with an emphasis on early intervention and preventative work
  • Making Wandsworth an attractive, safe, sustainable and healthy place
  • Promoting health and wellbeing for all adults with personalised and preventative care and support for adults in need - including carers and those in housing need
  • Building a prosperous, vibrant and cohesive community

These objectives are reviewed regularly and are informed by concerns and priorities gathered through professionally conducted market research, user groups and residents' meetings.

The latest corporate objectives were presented to the Finance and Corporate Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 7 July 2016 and were approved by the Executive on 11 July 2016.

Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS)

The council's MTFS describes the financial direction of the council the financial pressures over a 4 year period. It models income, expenditure and resource requirements and demonstrates how the council's financial plans and strategies contribute to the achievement of its objectives.

It covers the General Fund Revenue Account, the Housing Revenue Account and the Capital Programme, and includes grant funded projects.  It also comments on the significant risks facing the council in the forthcoming years and explains what the council is doing to reduce those risks.

The 2016/17 MTFS was presented to the Finance and Corporate Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 7 July 2016 and were approved by the Executive on 11 July 2016.

What we've achieved in 2015/16

Each year the council approves a list of 'Key Issues' which help to identify areas for improvement and development programmes in the coming year and beyond. The identification of such Key Issues, and our regular reporting of progress in achieving them, has enabled the council to keep careful track of a range of priority actions and the progress that has been made.  It also provides a council-wide profile to issues which are considered important locally.

Our progress in meeting the agreed Key Issues is monitored by our Overview and Scrutiny Committees at the end of each year financial year. The latest report details our end of year progress and key achievements for 2015/16.

Our plans for 2016/17 and beyond

At the start of the current year our 2015/16 Key Issues (see above) were reviewed to ensure they remain relevant to achieving the council's priorities during the coming year. Key Issues have been added or retained where they reflect, for example, major areas of service developments, new legislative requirements or where there are have been significant performance issues raised during the year.

The Key Issues 2016/17 have now been agreed and set out the council's key plans for the coming year. These will be monitored carefully during the year.

2015/16 results of the council's performance measures

Wandsworth Council uses a variety of performance indicators to monitor how well its services are performing in meeting the needs of our service users and to measure their efficiency and value for money.

Throughout the year the council's various Overview and Scrutiny Committees (OSCs) focus on a set of key indicators of performance, 'the toplines'. The toplines include a variety of indicators that relate to the delivery of the council's priorities. Many of these indicators are defined and collected nationally through the data councils are required to submit to the government each year. Others are locally defined to cover issues that are important locally. The toplines measure performance across a wide range of council activity including adult and children's social services, education, housing, leisure services, libraries and street cleansing.

Challenging targets are also set for each indicator. The council has a policy of striving to ensure that the services we provide perform amongst the best in London, and our targets are set accordingly.

The 2015/16 results for the council's topline measures are available to download. The tables allow you to easily see which indicators are improving and/or have met their targets and vice versa. Following work with Members, Children's Services results are subject to additional scrutiny and are available here. The indicators and targets for 2016/17 toplines are also available.

How are we performing compared with other councils?

Wandsworth is committed to being an Open Council, making it easy for residents to find out how we spend your money and how good we are at delivering services.

Our Open Council web pages help you do just that with links to how we are performing in comparison with other councils across services like education, libraries recycling and services for adults and older people.