The Panel considered a report which provided information on the proposed amendments to the current performance targets for 2020/21, which had been made necessary because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the Council’s ability to meet its previously agreed targets.
The Council’s 2019-2023 Performance Framework had been considered by the Resources Panel on 5th February 2020. It contained the Council’s performance targets for the years 2020/21 through to 2022/23 and reflected the ambitions of the 4-year Corporate Plan adopted in October 2019.
The advent of a national lockdown on 23rd March 2020 had a dramatic effect on the Council’s ability to carry out certain functions as previously planned and a major impact on the local economy and our communities. It had therefore been necessary to review the targets agreed pre-lockdown for 2020/21 and propose a revised set of targets for the areas affected. The usual service planning activity for 2021/22 would follow in due course with the involvement of this Panel at the appropriate stage.
Discussion took place in relation to the increased target for housing register applicants in priority need. This had increased due to an increase in demand for housing following the national campaign to find accommodation for homeless people.
A member of the Panel queried the number of Council owned business units listed within the appendix and this would be checked with the Assets Team after the meeting. He highlighted there being a greater need for small business units due to the number of job losses caused by Covid-19, and suggested Cabinet members took this into account when they considered the call-in of the disposal of Plot 12-15 Victoria Business Park.
The increased usage of social media was noted positively by members.
DECIDED: That the Panel NOTE the proposed amendments and comment accordingly.