Support and improve progress, achievement and outcomes

How will the well-being objective be financed?

This key objective requires comprehensive support and resourcing from across our services. Carmarthenshire is committed to ensuring a detailed and forward-thinking programme in support of improved attainment for all our children and young people. Schools receive £122m of delegated funding as well as approximately £19m through Welsh Government grants.

In addition, we are progressing our Modernising Education/21st Century Schools Programme to deliver the second tranche of priority projects (Band B), with a projected cost of £129m, with at least 65% coming from the Welsh Government. To ensure ongoing comprehensive support and challenge for our schools, we require some £6.5m to resource our School Improvement and Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Teams and their valuable provision. A further £3.3m is needed to continue to provide wider learning and achievement experiences and resources such as museum, gallery and archive services.

The Youth Support Service has a lead role in delivering this work in school and community settings. Annual core funding for this service is £527k. The service depends on annual external grants including the Welsh Government Youth Support Service (YSS) Grant (£543k in 21/22) and Families First (£611k in 2021/22). Securing further funding from the Children & Communities grant will be essential for this well-being target to be met.

In addition to these funding sources, the ongoing regional Cynnydd project which seeks to reduce the number of young people becoming NEET in the county is part funded through £3.1m European Social Fund grant (ESF) with CCC match funding of £1.3m