The corporate plan sets out an ambitious vision for the borough as well as explaining the unprecedented financial challenges the council is facing.
It shows how the council’s three priorities will be worked towards, and measured, over the next four years. These are:
· Good, genuinely affordable homes
· Opportunities and living income
· A healthy, great place to live.
These priorities will shape the way the council delivers its services and to support this approach the council has adopted the Future Ealing programme. Future Ealing focuses on the ensuring best outcomes for residents and has nine aims to help us to achieve this. The aims have been agreed with partners in health, education, policing, employment, housing, local business and the voluntary and community sector.
Council leader Julian Bell said: “This is an ambitious corporate plan that sets out how we will deliver our vision for Ealing over the next four years and beyond. This will be a period of both exciting opportunity and real challenge for the borough.
“There will be tough decisions to make in the years ahead and it will not be possible for the council to continue to provide all of the services that it currently provides in the same way it has done in the past. But I’m confident that, by continuing to innovate and prioritise through our Future Ealing programme, we can make a real difference to meeting the challenges facing Ealing and its residents.”
To focus on the most important priorities, the council has developed a performance framework to measure success against the targets that have been set with the intention of making a tangible difference to people’s lives. The new priorities will also help the council continue to have a balanced budget, because solving problems for residents can also save public money. Progress on the performance framework will be reported quarterly to cabinet.
The corporate plan also sets out the key activities the council will be carrying out – in other words, the projects and programmes likely to have the biggest impact on reaching the performance framework targets. These will be updated as further proposals are brought forward to close the council’s identified budget gap of £57million by 2022.
Since 2010, the council’s government grant has been reduced by nearly two-third (64%). This reduction, combined with significant pressures created by growing demand particularly in need for social care and homelessness support, mean the council has to find further savings or increase income by £57 million by 2022. This is more than double the cost of the current annual budget for children’s centres, libraries, street cleaning, and rubbish and recycling services combined.