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Improvement Plan update

Published: 11/12/2014

Flintshire County Council Cabinet members will receive an update on the progress of the Council’s Improvement Plan when they meet on Tuesday 16 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: · Supporting the creation of 539 new jobs in the county – 454 of them within the Deeside Enterprise Zone (DEZ). · Raising awareness of the Flintshire Social Enterprise Fund, which has supported four social enterprises – Penny Smart, DangerPoint, Gladstone Library and KIM Inspire. · Successful delivery of the NEW Homes business plan which is supporting growth in affordable housing. · Llys Jasmine, the extra care scheme in Mold, is now fully occupied and has a waiting list for apartments. A memory café has been officially launched recently. · The Council continues to work to help people to claim the benefits that they are entitled to and to help manage the impact of Welfare Reform on the most vulnerable people in the county. Since April, over 800 Flintshire households have been supported to claim welfare benefits with a value of £1.3 million. Households impacted by the welfare reforms were awarded discretionary housing payments of over £140,000. Those at risk of homelessness were also helped to manage debts totalling almost £700,000. Councillor Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council, said: “By monitoring the Council’s Improvement Plan at different stages during the year, we can assess whether we are going to hit the targets and improve services for residents. The Council is a high performing organisation and it is through the Improvement Plan that we prioritise areas and services that are important to the community and to our residents.” 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.