Report to:

Overview and Scrutiny Committee


16 March 2023   


Better Lives for All Thematic Update: Communities   

Portfolio Area:

Cllr Jonathan Hawkins    

Executive Lead – Communities

Wards Affected:


Urgent Decision:

  N         Approval and                              N 

clearance obtained:

Date next steps can be taken:                                    


Author: Ian Luscombe  Role:                 Head of Environmental Health and Communities Lead 




That Overview and Scrutiny Committee note the progress in delivering against the Better Lives for All ‘Communities’ Thematic Delivery Plan.


1.    Executive summary 

1.1 The Council adopted its Better Lives for All Strategy in September 2021, alongside detailed Thematic Delivery Plans for each priority area. 

1.2 This report provides the thematic update on the Communities strand of the Better Lives for All Strategy.


2.  Thematic Update Report 

2.1 The Performance Management Framework included with the Better Lives for All strategy commits that Overview and Scrutiny will receive a thematic update at each meeting in order to consider the progress against the agreed Thematic Delivery Plans. 

2.2 The Communities Thematic Update report is set out as Appendix A to this report.


3.  Next Steps 

3.1 Progress against the Thematic Delivery Plan will continue to be regularly monitored by the Leader, through monthly meetings with the lead officer.

Highlights will also be provided in the quarterly Integrated Performance Management Report considered by the Executive.

3.2 Following consideration by Overview and Scrutiny, the progress report will be published on the Councils strategy reporting pages  as a public record of progress. 


4.  Implications 



Relevant  to  proposals  Y/N 

Details and proposed measures to address 




Providing performance updates in respect of our strategic priorities contributes to Principle F of the CIPFA Delivering Good Governance in Local Government Framework. This principle is about managing risks and performance through robust internal control and strong public financial management.  

Financial implications to include reference to value for




This report does provide updates in respect of financial information but does not make any recommendations or lead to any financial implications not considered by other committees.  




The thematic update report considers the key risks for the Council in delivering each action within the Better Lives for All delivery plan. 







Climate Change -

Carbon /





Comprehensive Impact Assessment Implications

Equality and




No direct implications   




No direct implications   

Community Safety, Crime and Disorder


No direct implications 


Health, Safety and Wellbeing


No direct implications  

Other implications





Supporting Information



Appendix A – Thematic Update Report Communities


Background Papers: