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Strategies & Policies

The Ageing Well in Wales initiative, which is led by the Commissioner for Older People, aims to make Wales a good place for everyone to grow older in. The initiative acknowledges that achieving this depends on people, communities and organisations taking action to improve the experience of older age, by focusing on the importance of ‘wellbeing’. Carmarthenshire’s Ageing Well Plan is structured according to the five priority areas of the Ageing Well in Wales programme.

The Corporate Strategy sets out the Council’s strategic priorities and aspirations and outlines what we plan to do to achieve our vision for Carmarthenshire over the next five years. Our vision is for a Carmarthenshire that enables people to live healthy and fulfilled lives by working together to build strong, bilingual and sustainable communities.

The Corporate Strategy, in line with our current Annual Report and Improvement Plan, outlines the core values, overarching themes and strategic objectives.

These strategic objectives are:

  • Making the best use of resources
  • Building a better Council
  • People in Carmarthenshire are healthier
  • People in Carmarthenshire fulfil their learning potential
  • People who live, work and visit Carmarthenshire are safe and feel safer
  • Carmarthenshire’s communities and environment are sustainable
  • Carmarthenshire has a stronger and more prosperous economy.

The Corporate Strategy also provides information on service priorities based on consultation with residents as well as some of the primary challenges facing the Council going forward.

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The Integrated Community Strategy (ICS) has been developed by Carmarthenshire’s Local Service Board (LSB) through consultation with local communities, organisations and other groups. The ICS outlines the collective vision for Carmarthenshire and identifies five goals which LSB members agree to work towards in partnership namely:

  • People in Carmarthenshire are healthier
  • People in Carmarthenshire fulfil their learning potential
  • People who live, work and visit Carmarthenshire are safe and feel safer
  • Carmarthenshire’s communities and environment are sustainable
  • Carmarthenshire has a stronger and more prosperous economy. 

These goals are underpinned by a number of population indicators which allows progress towards their achievement to be reviewed every six months. An annual report on this progress is published every Autumn.

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Over the course of the next 15 years, Older People’s services will come under increasing pressure in Carmarthenshire, with over ten-thousand additional older people over the age of 75 living in the county, many of whom will require care and support.

This strategy aims to look in more detail at these challenges and to set out a plan for delivering more sustainable services over the next ten years. This plan will be updated annually. 

In developing this strategy, we have consulted widely with residents, service users and their families and partners, to ensure that we have considered what is important to older people.

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The regeneration of Carmarthenshire is well underway with many major developments coming to fruition in 2015. The economic landscape is evolving with Carmarthenshire’s position in the new Swansea Bay City Region for which the strategy has been adopted by the Council; by 2030, Carmarthenshire will be a confident, ambitious and connected component of a European City Region. 

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The Digital Transformation Strategy sets out the Council’s strategic digital priorities and aspirations and outlines what we plan to do to achieve our vision for a Digital Carmarthenshire. Technology is becoming increasingly pervasive across all sectors and becoming integrated in many aspects of our lives. Carmarthenshire County Council needs a digital transformation strategy because digital technology has the potential to transform the County and the lives of residents while generating long-term savings for the Council.

Digital Transformation Strategy 2017-2020 (.pdf)

There is a statutory requirement for the Director of Social Services to report annually to their Council on the delivery and performance as well as plans for the improvement of the whole range of Social Services.

This is the annual report by the Director of Social Services on the effectiveness of our Social Care Services in the county and sets out the progress made on areas identified for improvement in last year’s report and highlights those areas to be developed in the current year.  

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The purpose of Carmarthenshire’s Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP) is to detail how we aim to achieve the Welsh Government’s outcomes and targets outlined in their Welsh Medium Education Strategy (WMES).

The WMES sets out the Welsh Government’s vision for an education and training system that responds in a planned way to the growing demand for Welsh-medium education. The aim is to facilitate an increase in the number of people of all ages able to use the Welsh language with their families, in their communities and in the workplace.  Carmarthenshire’s WESP is a key vehicle for creating an improved planning system for Welsh-medium education.

The WESP will provide the means for the Welsh Government to monitor the way in which we respond and contribute to the implementation of the WMES objectives.

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