Report of Paul Darby, Corporate Director of Resources
The Committee received a report which presented an overview of progress towards achieving the key outcomes of the council’s corporate performance framework and highlight key messages to inform strategic priorities and work programmes. The report covered performance in and to the end of quarter one 2022/23, April to June 2022 (for copy see file of minutes).
A Harrington, Strategy Team Leader delivered the report and advised that performance was reported against the following five thematic areas within the Council Plan 2022-2026:
· Our economy;
· Our environment;
· Our people;
· Our communities;
· Our council.
Councillor Higgins referred to suicide prevention and whilst appreciating the statistics had not increased, he had concerns that they had also not reduced and asked whether there was anything further that could be done. The Director of Public Health agreed and gave assurances that suicide prevention was a priority area. She explained that work surrounding mental health was ongoing, in addition to work with the media and a raft of interventions, but that they were continually looking for further ways to expand on this.
That the overall position and direction of travel in relation to quarter one performance, the continuing impact of COVID-19 and the increased cost of living on the council’s performance, and the actions being taken to address areas of underperformance including the significant economic and wellbeing challenges because of the pandemic be noted.