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Delivering Change - we hope

May 24, 2013 10:34 PM

Rhondda Cynon Taff Council this week approved the 'Single Integrated Plan' document "Delivering Change."

This has come about as a result of a Welsh Government initiative to try and encourage public services to work together more closely in relation to Health, Safety and Prosperity.

The Council has set up a Joint Service Board and this document is the first time organisations working in the county borough have come together to produce one plan representing their joint "vision, priorities and actions."

The Board members are: the Chief Executive and Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council; the Chair and Chief Executive of Cwm Taf Health Board; the Chief Superintendent of the Northern Division in South Wales Police; the Chair of Interlink (County Voluntary Council); and a representative from Welsh Government.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell commented:

"Whilst it is all very well to talk about closer co-operation and produce nice glossy brochures it is the delivery of services that counts.

"It is common sense that public services should work together to improve conditions in the area. Members of the public may well be wondering what they have been doing until now, that they suddenly need a new initiative to drive forward much needed measures.

"The statistics for RCT with regard to health, education, unemployment are appalling, we linger at the bottom of the league table in so many of the deprivation indices. We have seen the failure of Flagship Welsh Labour Government projects such as Genesis, and doubts over the effectiveness of Communities First in many areas.

"What we need to see is positive action, not more committees set up to produce yet more hot air, endless strategies and glossy brochures."