Corporate strategy 2018-2023 (Updated April 2021)

Introduction

Our Corporate Strategy sets out the direction for the local authority over the next five years. It brings together the following requirements and plans into one document:

Improvement objectives

We have included our improvement objectives as required by the Local Government Measure 2009. The Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 requires the Council to set improvement objectives every year. They do not have to change every year or be deliverable within one year. Our improvement objectives are essentially the same as our Well-being Objectives as they are based on a thorough evidence-based understanding of the communities we serve and local needs. We compare our service performance and satisfaction results with all councils in Wales to make sure we improve where we most need to. We have a duty to improve, often delivering ‘more (or even the same) for less’.

Well-being objectives

Our Well-being Objectives are set to maximise our contribution to the shared vision and set of national goals that all public bodies work towards, as required by the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

The general purpose of the Act, is to ensure that the governance arrangements of public bodies for improving the well-being of Wales, take the needs of future generations into account. The Act is designed to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales, in accordance with sustainable development principles. The law states that:

  • We must carry out sustainable development, improving the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales. The sustainable development principle is ‘... the public body must act in a manner which seeks to ensure that the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’
  • We must demonstrate use of the 5 ways of working: Long term, integrated, involving, collaborative and preventative
  • We must work towards achieving all of the 7 national well-being goals in the Act. Together they provide a shared vision for public bodies to work towards.

For the first time in Wales, the Well-being of Future Generations Act, provides a shared vision for all public bodies in Wales to work towards. As a public body subject to the Act we are required to set and publish Well-being Objectives that maximise our Contribution to the Well-being Goals.

Moving Forward in Carmarthenshire: the next 5 years

It also includes Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cabinet's key projects and programmes for the next 5 years as set out in ‘Moving Forward in Carmarthenshire: the next 5 years’.

The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act

The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act provides for the establishment of a new and reformed legislative framework for local government elections, democracy, governance, and performance. The Act will replace the current improvement duty for principal councils set out in the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009. We will report on 2021-22 under the terms of the new Act.

Socio-economic duty

From 31st March 2021, this duty will require councils, when taking strategic decisions such as ‘deciding priorities and setting objectives’, to consider how their decisions might help to reduce the inequalities associated with socioeconomic disadvantage.