2014-15 Corporate Strategy action plan

The council has now agreed and published its action plan for the forthcoming year (April 2014 to March 2015).

The plan sets out how we will deliver our ten corporate outcomes:

  • Cheltenham has a clean and well-maintained environment.
  • Cheltenham ’s natural and built environment is enhanced and protected.
  • Carbon emissions are reduced and Cheltenham is able to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
  • Cheltenham has a strong and sustainable economy
  • Communities feel safe and are safe.
  • People have access to decent and affordable housing.
  • People are able to lead healthy lifestyles.
  • Our residents enjoy a strong sense of community and involved in resolving local issues.
  • Arts and culture are used as a means to strengthen communities, strengthen the economy and enhance and protect our environment.
  • We will meet our ‘Bridging the Gap’ targets for cashable savings and increased income

Commissioning

Cheltenham Borough Council is now a commissioning council which puts a strong focus on understanding the needs of Cheltenham and its people in designing outcomes for our services. By using a strategic commissioning approach we are seeking to improve the outcomes for people who rely on the council and the wider public sector whilst at the same time creating opportunities for financial savings.

“We are leading our community by taking a commissioning approach. We are driven by the needs and strengths of people and place in order to improve wellbeing, the economy and the environment and use resources efficiently and effectively” 

As part of our commitment to this vision we are exploring different ways of delivering services that meet the needs of our customers and deliver value for money.

Working in partnership

Cheltenham Partnerships have agreed an action plan that identifies the most-pressing issues for partnership activity where there is both corroborating data/evidence and a willingness from partners to work collectively on solutions but also where there is alignment with priorities set at a county level eg by the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Health and Wellbeing Board and the Local Enterprise Partnership:

We will work to reduce the negative effects of poverty on vulnerable children, families, adults and older people – see action COM 6, COM 10

We will work with our communities to promote healthy lifestyles through reducing alcohol consumption, promoting physical activity and healthy eating and improving mental health and well-being – see actions COM 2, COM 7, COM 8 and COM 9

We will inspire more people to get actively involved in their communities so that we co-create sustainable, safer and more resilient communities across the whole borough – see action COM 2, COM 3, COM 12

We will work to create a strong and sustainable economy – see actions ECON 1, ECON 2, ECON 4

Monitoring our performance

Monitoring of our performance will happen on a regular basis with reports going to our overview and scrutiny committees at least twice a year.