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Wolverhampton PartnershipAnnual Report2007/08


WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08The Community PlanThe Community Plan, a blue print for theWolverhampton of the future, was firstpublished in 2002. The Plan – Moving On –provides a 10 year vision and sets outstrategic priorities over that time.Significant developments have taken placesince Wolverhampton’s Community Plan– Moving On – was launched in 2002.The Plan committed us to a ‘progress check’after 3 years. The decision to refresh the Planresulted from that commitment.The 'refresh' was published in 2006. It did notseek to shift or change priorities, theseremain consistent with the originalCommunity Plan. It did, however, provideupdated measures against which progress canbe judged.The original plan reflected the views of localpeople. The refresh builds on on-goingfeedback. Each year the Partnership providesclear and accessible progress reports to localpeople as part of monitoring the progress ofthe Community Plan. This includes a publicperceptions survey during the City Show, thefeedback from which is presented in thisAnnual Report.During the year we have worked to developour sustainable community strategy. It willbuild on the existing community plan, workat the sub-regional level and join up physicaland economic development activities withimprovements in the quality of life for localpeople. It will set the strategic direction forthe City to 2026.2


Welcome to the Partnership’sAnnual Report for 2008As Chair of the Wolverhampton Partnership I ampleased to able to provide a foreword to theAnnual Report; and to provide some personalreflections and thoughts for the coming year.The environment in which the Partnership workshas changed significantly during the year.Nationally the Government has introduced a rangeof measures which impact on what we do andhow we operate. The expectation of what can beachieved through partnership working continues togrow with the focus on improvements in publicservices, their impact and more cost effectivedelivery. In Wolverhampton we have seen a changein political control in the City Council. This hascome at a time when the Council faces majorbudgetary challenges. Along with all partnersinvolved in service delivery they have to balance arange of financial pressures, including rising costsand falling income with increasing need anddemand. All of these add to the challenge ofsecuring ongoing improvement in service deliveryand better outcomes for local people.Whilst these factors place particular pressures onour work they must be set in the context of verydifficult national and international economicconditions. As a Partnership we are acutely awareof the impact this has on the City, our businessesand on the lives of our citizens. The implicationsare potentially severe and could manifestthemselves in many different ways. It is thereforeimperative that, as a partnership, we do all that wecan to minimise the implications andconsequences. There is a clear commitment acrossall partners to do so both individually andcollectively.We remain on track to achieve many of ourtargets; however we must accept that theeconomic downturn will have an effect on issuessuch as employment and housing, at least in theshort term.Working in partnership is both challenging andrewarding. However, I remain convinced that it isthe way forward, both to address difficulties in theshort term and to plan for the long term. To thisend, I am particularly pleased that this year wehave produced ‘Wolverhampton CAN’ – our visionfor the City in 2026.On behalf of the Wolverhampton Partnership I wouldlike to thank everyone who has contributed to thework of the Partnership over the last 12 months.WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08Despite these considerations I am pleased that weare able to register a number of significantachievements during the year, for examplecontinued improvements in the field of crime andcommunity safety and in educational attainment.Jon CrockettChair of the WolverhamptonStrategic Partnership33


WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08Contents1 Introduction 52 Partnership Development 6and Operation3 Performance Data 12Community Plan TargetsQuality Of Life Indicators44


IntroductionThis is the fourth annual report produced byWolverhampton Partnership. The report is aimed atthe large number of people across the Cityinvolved in the work of the Partnership. It alsoprovides an overview to partner organisations andnetworks whose day to day work contributes toour overall aims and objectives.The annual report records and gives feedback onour progress against the strategic objectives andmeasures in the Community Plan. Next year, wewill use the new Sustainable Community Strategyand the Local Area Agreement as the means toreport on our progress.PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/081WOLVERHAMPTONThe detail for each outcome is provided on atheme by theme basis in tabular form in Section 5.The annual report also reflects on some of themain operational developments of the partnershipand looks forward to the challenges facing thePartnership in the coming 12 months.Paul BoothDirector of the WolverhamptonStrategic PartnershipEvery year the Partnership provides feedback tolocal people and gives an opportunity for themdirectly to reflect on changes they have seen orexperienced over the year. Their feedback iscaptured in summary in section 4 of the report.Feedback on our progress to the public is reportedregularly in articles and special features in One CityNews which is circulated to households in the City,available at various service points and on ourwebsite – www.wton-partnership.org.uk55


2WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08Partnership Development and OperationThe Partnership acts as a forum for the City inwhich the many partners from the public, voluntary,community and private sectors come together to:■ identify the challenges and opportunities facingthe City■ agree the action we need to take■ ensure that we are meeting our targetsDuring 2008, the new Sustainable CommunityStrategy, the new Local Area Agreement (LAA) andthe new Strategic Commissioning Framework werewritten.Sustainable Community Strategy(SCS)The Sustainable Community Strategy (SCS) hasbeen developed via face-to-face meetings with awide range of public and third sector organisationsand all of the Theme Partnerships. The SCS hastwo overarching aims – Transformed Economy andNarrowing the Gap. Within the SCS and LAA thereare five resident outcomes which the Council andits partners are focusing upon:■ We have more job opportunities■ We have the skills and knowledge we require■ We like where we live■ We will live longer and healthier lives■ We feel saferThe SCS is the long term, strategic plan for theCity. It has a time horizon until 2026. It sets thevision for Wolverhampton and provides the contextfor a range of supporting plans and strategies.These include the Economic and HousingStrategies, the Children’s Plan and the LocalDevelopment Framework (LDF). The LDF willestablish land-use planning policy locally. The SCShas sustainability, community cohesion, equalitiesand engagement as cross-cutting themes andincludes a range of measures against which we willbe able to report on.The SCS is the key plan for the Partnership andprovides the strategic context for all partners thatforms part of the local delivery chain.Local Area Agreement (LAA)Every area of the country is required by theGovernment to produce a new Local AreaAgreement for the period 2008-2011. This takesthe form of a ‘contract’ between the locality andcentral government to deliver agreedimprovements in a number of performanceindicators drawn from the National Indicator Setpublished by the Government in October 2007.The ‘new’ LAA was agreed in June 2008 andcontains 48 indicators, of which sixteen were theDepartment for Children, Schools and Familiesstatutory targets.In Wolverhampton, the Partnership took the viewthat in implementing the improvements requiredthrough the LAA, there should be a significantfocus on the causes rather than the consequencesof the challenges facing the City.66


2The Wolverhampton StoryThe Wolverhampton Story gave the Partnership anopportunity to take stock and to confirm the keypriorities for the City.These priorities were based on:■ what the available data tells us are the keyissues■ what residents tell us are the key issues for themThe Story formed the basis of both the SustainableCommunity Strategy and the Local AreaAgreement.Strategic CommissioningFrameworkThe strategic commissioning framework is key tosecuring delivery against agreed targets. Thedelivery context is provided by the range of deliveryplans that exist across the partnership andpartners. The LAA Delivery Plans discussed belowspecifically focus on priority, cross-cutting issueswhich impact on the range of priorities identifiedin the Wolverhampton Story.The Partnership has developed a commonapproach to commissioning which it is seeking topromote to all partners involved in commissioning.As well as setting common standards andprocesses the aim is to bring about a sharedunderstanding and approach, learn from eachother and give potential providers a jointframework within which to operate.WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/0877


2WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08LAA Delivery PlansThere are four cross-cutting Delivery Plans. TheDelivery Plans are intended to add value to theexisting work being undertaken by ThemePartnerships and partners to address some of themost intractable challenges facing the City.Therefore, it is not intended that the Delivery Plansdescribe everything that is being carried out inrelation to a particular issue but they should focuson the added value they bring in the context ofmainstream provision.■ Employment, Skills and Enterprise■ Neighbourhoods that Work■ Supporting Inclusion■ Building Young People’s CapacityEmployment, Skills andEnterpriseEmployment, Skills and Enterprise is a key DeliveryPlan, the success of which will be a major influenceon whether or not a wide range of LAA targets willbe met. The lack of high level employmentopportunities, the low level of residents’qualifications and the resulting low income levels inthe City are key challenges to be addressed as partof the economic renaissance of the City. In thelonger term, it is widely recognised thatimprovements in these priorities will impactpositively on crime, health, education and a rangeof other well-being indicators.The Delivery Plan is constructed around four pillars:Employer Engagement; Supporting Structures;Interventions to Support Workless Adults andYoung People who are Not in Education,Employment or Training (NEETs); StrategicCoherence and Supporting Processes. The planseeks to connect the significant challenges facingthe City in relation to low skill levels to thedevelopment of future employment.The Delivery Plan recognises the Government’scurrent significant welfare reforms (particularly, thechanges to Jobseekers Allowance and initiativessuch as Pathways to Work, Flexible New Deal andLocal Employment Partnerships) and the recentinitiatives in the City such as Train to Gain and theCity Region’s City Strategy pilot.A key principle of the Delivery Plan has been toidentify ways in which to complement and addvalue to these national and regional programmesin such a way as to maximise their impact on localpriorities. Some of the proposed mechanisms toaddress challenges local challenges such as lowaspirations, low skills and accessibility can applyequally to employment and learning. The Planrecognises the importance of private and publicsector employers to future job creation andprovides scope for additional measures to beadded to help secure delivery of the developingEconomic Strategy.The Plan also provides the context for thePartnership’s local response to the economicdownturn by, for example co-ordinating support topeople facing redundancy and providing additionalskills training.88


2Supporting InclusionSupporting Inclusion will focus on reducing andpreventing vulnerability amongst adults and theirfamilies. It will seek to help more quickly andeffectively people who are in crisis through betterco-ordination and signposting of support services;equipping potentially vulnerable people with theinformation and resilience they require particularlyin relation to ‘life events’; and providingcommunity-based support to those most at risk.Mapping activity has led to the development of aseries of actions designed to provide a number ofdifferent services to support early intervention,changes in the way agencies work to create moreeffective ‘pathways’ for service users andsupporting inter-agency working to enable effectivesupport to vulnerable people and their families.Building Young People’s CapacityBuilding Young People’s Capacity focuses onmaking better use of the resources andorganisations in the City through a revampedcommissioning process – in line with thePartnership’s new Commissioning Framework –based around “Someone to Speak to; Somewhereto Go; Something to Do.’A comprehensive mapping exercise across the Cityhas been carried out to establish a clear picture ofcurrent provision, which will form the basis formoving provision forward to ensure that there isboth an accessible universal offer designed tosupport young people in danger of becoming atrisk and specific and tailored provision for thoseyoung people already at risk.The Delivery Plan makes use of the neighbourhoodstructures to ensure that provision for youngpeople is rooted in the community and it willengage young people themselves in the design andsubsequent commissioning of services.WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/0899


2WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08Neighbourhoods that WorkThe Neighbourhoods that Work Delivery Planprovides the neighbourhood infrastructure andcommunity engagement structures to enabledelivery of appropriate targeted interventions andservice improvements across a broad range of LAAtargets, whilst also ensuring that the statutory Dutyto Involve is complied with. In particular, the planfocuses upon delivering against the clear residentpriorities, expressed through Local NeighbourhoodPartnerships and resident surveys, of crime, antisocialbehaviour, and environmental issues andyouth provision.This will be achieved through robustneighbourhood structures, for example anintegrated warden’s service, linked to the SaferWolverhampton Partnership, to task activities forthe safer, cleaner, greener agenda. This will beperformance managed against the percentage ofresident issues that are resolved. This will have adirect impact on resident satisfaction levels.The Delivery Plan will also underpin the other plansproviding a neighbourhood infrastructure that willallow the targeted delivery of services at aneighbourhood level, whilst also engaging residentsin identifying local priorities and tailoring provision totheir needs. This will be particularly focused on theemployment and skills agenda, to reflect the prioritiesin the Sustainable Community Strategy.This will be delivered through NeighbourhoodEmployment and Skills Plan (linked to the Economicand Learning Partnerships) which will target andmonitor interventions to ensure maximum impacton employment and skills levels within the priorityneighbourhoods.Many of the approaches and strategies for actionidentified in the four Delivery Plans were identifiedthrough the Partnership’s Skills & KnowledgeProgramme and in particular through The Flight ofthe Flamingos Programme.1010


2WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08Legislation andStatutory GuidanceDuring 2008 the Government published statutoryguidance placed a range of requirements on thepartnership and partners. The legal framework forthe guidance is provided by the Local Governmentand Public Involvement in Health Bill 2007.The guidance covers a number of the issuesdiscussed earlier.It also introduces the ‘duty to involve’. The aim ofthis is to provide greater opportunities for localpeople to influence decision making and becomemore actively involved in issues which impact ontheir lives.The ‘duty to co-operate’ also features. This places aduty on partners listed in the guidance to co-operatein the agreement and delivery of targets in the LAA.The guidance sets out a role for the third sector inthe partnership context.It also provides linkage between the SCS, LAA andother statutory plans such as the Joint StrategicNeeds Assessment for Health and Social Care, theLocal Transport Plan and the Children and youngPeople’s Plan.During the coming year local arrangements will bereviewed to ensure that they remain fit for purposein light of the guidance.1111


2WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08Community EngagementFor many years Wolverhampton has, through itspartnership work sought to engage the widerpublic in shaping strategy and determiningpriorities. This is now captured as part of the dutyto involve and sits alongside other forms ofengagement, for example at the neighbourhoodlevel through local arrangements.In view of changing circumstances the engagementstrategy was subject to review during 2008 forimplementation during 2009.The cross-partner commitment to this workremains, the outcome of the review has been toreinforce the linkages between the various formsof engagement that partners are involved in.Comprehensive AreaAssessment (CAA)In April 2009, the new area-based assessment,CAA, will come into effect. By November, everyarea in the country will have been assessed againstthree key criteria:■ How well do local priorities express communityneeds and aspirations?■ How well is the outcomes and improvementsneeded being delivered?■ What are the prospects for futureimprovements?In answering these three questions, theinspectorates will focus on the priorities in the SCSand the LAA.1212


3Community Plan Targets: A Safe CityPRIORITY OUTCOME: Reduced fear of crime and anti-social behaviourDetailed IndicatorThe percentage of residents from prioritywards who, when asked the question “overallhow satisfied are you with your local area as aplace to live?” expressed that they were eithersatisfied or very satisfiedThe number of criminal damage offences% of residents who think that for their localarea, over the past 3 years, the level of crimehas got better or stayed the same% of residents who say they feel fairly or verysafe outside during the day, and during thenightProgressResidents’ satisfaction with their local area as a placeto live was exactly the same as 2006/7 staying at63% in 2007/8. This needs to improve if we are tomeet our target of 79% by 2008/9.Criminal damage offences have decreased from 4716in 2006/7 to 4250 in 2007/8. If this level can besustained we are on course to meet our stretch targetof less than 4930 criminal damage incidents in2007/8.Last year 73% of residents thought that the level ofcrime in their local area had either got better orstayed the same over the last 3 years.Last year 91% of residents felt safe outside during theday, down slightly from 93.7% in 2003/4. 59% feltsafe outside at night, down from 62.5% in 2003/4.WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08PRIORITY OUTCOME: Reduced crime caused by drug & alcohol abuseDetailed IndicatorThe level of drug related criminal activityoffences brought to justiceNumber of drug users in treatmentNumber of drug users retained in treatment formore than 12 weeksNumber of ‘problem’ drug users in treatmentprogrammeProgress42 drug related criminal activity offences werebrought to justice in 2005/6, this increased to 68 in2007/8.The number of drug users in treatment has decreasedfrom 1,508 in 2006/7 to 1459 in 2007/8.The proportion of drug users in treatment for 12weeks or more has decreased from 84% (2006/7) to79% (2007/8).1508 ‘problem’ drug users were in treatmentprogrammes in 2006/7, this decreased to 1,459 in2007/8. This is still above our target of 1,408 set for2008/9.1313


3WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08A Safe City continued...PRIORITY OUTCOME: Reduced risks faced by individuals andcommunities within the CityDetailed IndicatorThe number of racially motivated incidentsrecorded by the policeReduce the level of re-offending amongst themost prolific and problematic criminalsThe number of domestic violence incidentsrecorded by the policeThe number of offences of personalrobbery/theft of a motor vehicle/ domesticburglary reported to the policeReduce the difference in crime rates betweenpriority neighbourhoods and the City averageby 5%ProgressRacially motivated incidents recorded by the policehave increased from 210 (2006/7) to 214 in (2007/8).A baseline of 29.5% was established betweenOctober 2005 and March 2006. In 2006/7 the figurehad dropped to 15.5 per offender, a reduction of47%.Recorded domestic violence incidents have increasedfrom 3698 in 2006/7 to 3870 in 2007/8.The number of personal robbery offences hasincreased slightly over the past year and needs somesignificant progress to achieve the stretch target.Both the motor vehicle theft and domestic burglaryoffences have decreased slightly and have achievedthe stretch targets set for 2007/8.We have achieved the target for reducing thedifference in crime rates between priorityneighbourhoods and the city average set for 2007/8with a difference of 11.28 compared to a target of16.25.1414


3A Green CityPRIORITY OUTCOME: Cleaner, greener and safe open spacesDetailed IndicatorThe proportion of relevant land and highwaysthat is assessed as having combined depositsof litter and detritus that fall below anacceptable levelThe number of Green Flag awards for parkswithin adjacent and serving priorityneighbourhoodsTime taken to remove abandoned vehiclesLevels of nitrogen dioxide measures (a key airpollutant) at 5 key locations across the City (asdetailed in the W.Mids LTP)Site1: Stafford RdSite2: Uni building Lichfield StSite3: Post Office building Lichfield StSite4: Job Centre Princess StSite5: Ideal Eyes Opticians Queen SProgressThis has decreased from 10% in 2006/7 to 9% in2007/8. This has exceeded the target of 19% set for2008/9.Wolverhampton had 2 parks in contention for aGreen Flag Award but both parks narrowly missedthe submission date of August 2007 and will beresubmitted in the Summer of 2008.69% of abandoned vehicles were removed withinone working day of being legally entitled to do so in2006/7 with this increasing to 88.73% in 2007/08.Levels of nitrogen dioxide have decreased in 3 of the5 sites selected between 2006 and 2007. This showsan overall reduction of 0.5% since the 2004 baseline.WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08The average time taken to remove fly tipsThe average time taken to remove fly tips hasincreased from 1.5 days in 2006/7 to 1.6 days in2007/8. The target for 2008/9 is 1.5 days and isexpected to be reached.1515


3WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08A Green City continued...PRIORITY OUTCOME: Effective energy-efficiency measures to adaptand combat climate changeDetailed IndicatorAverage annual domestic consumption of gasand electricity kwhCarbon dioxide emissions by sector and percapita emissionsSAP rating of Local Authority owned homesProgressLevels of gas consumption have decreased from18.049 kwh in 2005 to 17,537 kwh in 2006.Electricity consumption has increased from 4,338 kwhto 4,415 kwh in the same period.As yet we have no trends data against this measurebut are due to start measuring this in April 2009.The average SAP rating has increased from 60.4 in2005/6 to 64.2 in 2006/7. This needs to be sustainedto achieve the target of 61.4 by 2008/9.PRIORITY OUTCOME: Improved sustainability in consumption,production & management of wasteDetailed IndicatorProgress% of the total tonnage of household wastearising which have been recycled% of household waste sent by the Authorityfor composting or treatment by anaerobicdigestion% of total tonnage of household wastearisings which have been used to recover heat,power and other energy sourcesNumber of kilograms of household wastecollected per headEcological footprint of the CityDaily domestic water use% of household waste recycled has increased from9.52% in 2006/7 to 11.59% in 2007/8. This is oncourse to meet the target of 11.72% set for 2008/9.% of household waste sent for composting/treatmenthas increased from 14.62% in 2006/7 to 15.01% in2007/8.51.65% of household waste was used to recoverheat, power and other energy sources in 2007/8(59.97% in 2006/7).This increased from 519.75 in 2006/7 to 520.10 in2007/08.The 2005 ecological footprint of the city was 5.19ghaper person, a slight increase on the 4.75gha perperson in 2004. This compares well against ourneighbours.In 2004 daily domestic water use was 138 litres perhead. There is no further data available against thismeasure.1616


3A Green City continued...PRIORITY OUTCOME: Improved protection of natural resourcesDetailed IndicatorProportion of Sites of Importance for NatureConservation in favourable condition withinthe local authority areaNumber of Local Nature Reserves designatedArea of new habitats createdBrownfield land redevelopedProportion of derelict land reclaimedProgress80% of SINCs were in the same or improvedcondition between 1990 and 2000/1. Surveying theSINCs has been completed and analysis is currentlytaking place with the data likely to be made availablein early 2009.Work on creating new LNRs is underway andimproving existing sites is also planned for 2008/09.A site has been created in Northicote Farm CountryPark in the Bushbury area where just over 1 hectareof new habitat has been created.A baseline of 45ha was set in 2004/5 with 25 habeing redeveloped in 2005/6.16.37% of derelict land was reclaimed in 2004/5with 12.39% being reclaimed in 2005/6.WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/081717


3WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08A Healthy CityPRIORITY OUTCOME: Improved health & well being, and reducedhealth and social care inequalitiesDetailed IndicatorReduce the gap between priority wards andthe City average for premature mortality ratesLife expectancy at birth – male and femaleProgressIncidents of premature mortality from coronary heartdisease and circulatory disease have decreased in thepriority wards where as cancer has increased slightlyafter a downward trend. This has meant a narrowingof the gap in coronary heart disease and circulatorydisease areas but a slight widening of the gap inrelation to cancer and the city average in priorityneighbourhoods.Life expectancy for both males and females has notchanged significantly since 2002. The estimatesbetween January 2004 and December 2006 stood at75.4 years for males, and 80.1 years for females. Thisneeds to increase to achieve the 2010 targets of 77.2for males and 81.1 for females.1818


3A Healthy City continued...PRIORITY OUTCOME: Improved health for children & young peopleDetailed IndicatorThe number of children at 11-12 years classedas overweight for their heightThe rate of teenage conceptions in the 3wards with the highest teen conception ratesCitywide teenage conception rate measureThe % of 5-16 year olds who spend a minimumof 2 hours per week during term on high qualityPE and school sport within and beyond thenational curriculumProgress30.4% of children aged 11-12 were classed as over/under weight for their height in 2006/7 this increasedto 34.4% in 2007/8.In 2003-5 there were 104.1 teenage conceptions per1000 population in the 3 highest wards, thisdecreased to 95.8 teenage conceptions per 1000population in 2004-6. This is still some way off thetargets set for Wolverhampton.The city-wide teenage conception rate has decreasedfrom 62.4 per 1000 in 2006/7 to 61.5 in 2007/8. Weneed to build on this trend if we are to make progresstowards our target of 34 per 1000 set for 2008/9.In 2006/7 the figure stood at 87% but this has sinceincreased to 90% in 2007/8 and is on course to meetthe target of 85% in 2008/9.WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08% of young people participating in sportintervention that continue to participateregularly in sport after intervention is completeThe number of mothers breastfeeding frombirth, and at 6 weeksReduction in the incidence of low birth weightbabies with particular emphasis on priorityneighbourhoodsThe number of mothers smoking at delivery inpriority neighbourhoods where the incidenceof smoking at delivery is particularly high61% of young people continued to participateregularly in sports after the intervention wascomplete in 2006/7, this increased to 65% in 2007/8.61% of mothers were breastfeeding from birth in2007/8 which showed an improvement on the 58% in2006/7. This is on course to meet the 68% target setfor 2008/9. Mothers breastfeeding at 6 weeksincreased from 26% in 2005/6 to 33.25%% in 2006/7– this is off target to meet the 50% set for 2008/9.While the incidence of low birth weight babies’city-wide has remained constant, the incidence inpriority neighbourhoods has increased slightly. Thishas meant a widening of the gap between priorityneighbourhoods and the city, and has further awayfrom the target for 2008/9.22.4% of mothers from priority neighbourhoodswere smoking at delivery in 2006/7 – this hasincreased slightly to 25.0% in 2007/8. This trendneeds to be reversed if we are to meet the 22%targeted for 2008/9.1919


3WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08A Wealth Creating CityPRIORITY OUTCOME: Raised income levels by ensuring better skillsand range of employmentDetailed IndicatorThe gap in median annual earnings betweenWolverhampton and those of the WestMidlands Region% of the population of working age claimingkey benefits% of the working age population that is inemploymentEmployment within the manufacturing sector,banking and finance sector, and the publiceducation and health sectorProgressThe gap between local and regional wage levels hasdropped between 2006 and 2007 from £1404 to£1202.This has remained at 21.6% between Feb 2007 anFeb 2008. We need to make further progress if weare to reach our target of 18.5% by 2008/9.This has fallen slightly from 68.0% to 67.3%.(2007/8).Employment within the manufacturing sector hasdecreased from 15.5% in 2005 to 12.9% in 2006.Employment within the banking & finance sector hasdecreased from 13.9% to 12.7% over the sameperiod. Likewise employment within the publiceducation and health sector has increased from32.35% to 32.8%.The number of JSA claimants as a % of theresident working age population and; b) % ofthese who have been out of work for morethan a yearThe proportion of Job Seekers Allowance claimantshas fallen from 5.2% to 5.1% (Mar 07-Apr 08).2020


3A Wealth Creating City continued...PRIORITY OUTCOME: A diverse and dynamic business base– new & growing businesses supportedDetailed IndicatorNumber of new businesses createdNumber of new businesses created which aresustained after 12 months% in employment who are self employedNumber of new businesses attracted to thearea as inward investmentsNumber of new investments supported byBlack Country InvestmentBusiness Penetration – those receiving support,advice and informationProgressThere was an increase from 550 new businessesregistered in 2006 to 560 new businesses registeredfor VAT in 2007.This has decreased slightly from 118 in 2003/4 to 102in 2006/7.The proportion of those self employed decreasedslightly from 6.8% in 2007 to 6.6% in the firstquarter of 2008.6 new inward investments took place during 2006/7.The target is 15 by 2008/9.11 new businesses were supported by BCI in 2006/7– the same level as in 2005/6. This is against a targetof 30 set for 2008/9.The number of businesses receiving support, advice &info has increased to 2308 in 2007/8 from 2146 in2006/7.WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08Jobs densityJob density has risen to 0.93, well above the nationalaverage of 0.88 and the West Midlands density of0.87.2121


3WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08A Wealth Creating City continued...PRIORITY OUTCOME: Improved infrastructureDetailed IndicatorDevelopment of employment landThe number of completed retail, office andleisure developmentsProvide new ‘transport interchange’ at therailway station to link rail, metro, buses andtaxisProgress8.2 Ha of Employment land was developed in2005/6.20,000 sq metres of completed developments in2005/6 including Asda extension and extensions toPendeford and Wolverhampton Business Parks.The transport interchange project has now beenexpanded beyond original plans using further vacantland adjacent to the site. Work will now start on sitein 2008 and is due for completion in 2012.2222


3A Learning CityPRIORITY OUTCOME: Raised educational achievement forchildren & young peopleDetailed Indicator% of 11 year olds/pupils achieving Level 4(KS2) in English & MathsSchool measure of level 5 attainment inEnglish, Maths, and ScienceNumber of pupils aged 15 years in schoolsmaintained by the LEA achieving 5+ GCSEsA*-CThe % of 17 year old cohort remaining in fulltime education, training or work with trainingProgressKey Stage 2 attainment in English has increased from75% in 2006/7 to 77% in 2007/8. There has been nochange in Maths with the 72% in 2006/7 beingmatched in 2007/8. This is good progress towards thestretch targets set.88.9% of schools in the city had at least 50% ofpupils achieving level 5 or above in English, 100% ofschools had so for Maths & 83.3% of schools had sofor Science in 2007/8.60.0% of pupils attained 5+ GCSEs A*-C in 2007/8,an increase from the 55.9% in 2006/7. We thereforereached our target of 60% for 2007/8.77% of 17 year olds entered into ‘positivedestinations’ in 2006 and 82% did so in 2007. This isexcellent progress towards the target of 79% set for2008/9.WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08% of pupils from BME Underachieving Groupsachieving GCSE 5 A*-C or equivalent% of 16-18 year olds who are not in education46.2% of Black Caribbean pupils, 41.8% of DualHeritage (Black & White) pupils, & 34.1% of Pakistanipupils achieved 5+ A*-C GCSEs in 2006/7. 57.8% ofBlack Caribbean pupils, 64.1% of Dual Heritage(Black & White) pupils and 56.7% of Pakistani pupilsachieved 5+ A*-C GCSEs in 2007/8.The proportion of 16-18 year olds entering intonegative destinations has decreased from 10.8% in2006/7 to 9.3% in 2007/8. This shows good progresstowards the 9% target set for 2008/9.2323


3WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08A Learning City continued...PRIORITY OUTCOME: Raised skills levels for all in the CityDetailed IndicatorThe proportion of working age populationqualified to a) NVQ2 or equivalent andb) NVQ4 or equivalentThe % of 19 year old cohort achieving a Level2 qualificationNumber of adults from priority wards in receiptof JSA/IS/IB achieving L2 qualification orequivalentNumber of adults resident in Wolverhamptongaining basic skills as part of the ‘Skills for Life’strategyProgress49.9% of the working age population are nowqualified to NVQ level 2 or equivalent – an increasefrom 49.5% last year. Likewise 18.3% of the workingage population are now qualified to NVQ level 4 orequivalent – a slight increase from 18.2% last year.This trend needs to be continued if we are to meetour targets of 55% and 19.5% set for 2008/9.63% of the 19 year old cohort achieved a Level 2qualification in 2006/7, this had increased to 65% in2007/8. This is progressing towards the target of71% set for 2008/9.This has increased year on year from 17 adults in2002/3 to 232 adults in 2007/8. If we can maintaincurrent levels we will achieve our stretch target of180 set for 2008/9.The number of adults gaining basic skills hasincreased year on year from 859 in 2005/6 to 1957 in2006/7.% of adults resident in Wolverhamptonachieving level 3 qualifications & aboveNumber of adults in the workforce gaininglevel 2 qualifications or equivalentsNumber of adults from priority areas gainingbasic skills as part of the ‘Skills for Life’strategyThe number of adults achieving Level 3 and abovehas increased from 433 in 2005/6 to 1104 in 2006/7.If this level can be maintained we will meet ourtarget of 664 set for 2008/9.The number of adults in the workforce gaining Level2 qualifications has increased from 371 in 2005/6 to2841 in 2006/7.This has increased from 479 adults from priority areasin 2005/6 to 846 adults in 2006/7.2424


3A Learning City continued...PRIORITY OUTCOME: More people engaged in learning for personalfulfilment, development and enjoyment across the cityDetailed IndicatorNumber of 50+ participating in learning forpersonal fulfilment, health and communitydevelopmentThe proportion of people receiving a homelibrary service as a proportion of those olderpeople helped to live at homeProgress2,447 people aged 50+ participated in learning forpersonal fulfilment, health & communitydevelopment during 2007/8.In 2007/8, 32.40% of older people helped to live athome received a home library service, this hadincreased from 31.00% in 2006/7.WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/082525


3WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08A Caring CityPRIORITY OUTCOME: Achieve positive outcomes/improve life chancesfor children & young peopleDetailed IndicatorCitywide teenage conception rateChildren over weight for their height aged 11% of 16-18 year olds who are not ineducation, employment or trainingProportion of care leavers in positivedestinations compared to the proportion of allyoung people in positive destinationsProgressTeenage conceptions per 1,000 female populationaged 15-17 have decreased from 62.4 per 1000 to61.5 per 1000 in 2007/8. We need to substantiallyincrease this trend if we are to make progresstowards our target of 34 per 1000 set for 2008/9.34.4% of children aged 11-12 were classed as over/under weight for their height in 2007/8 an increasefrom the 2006/7 figure of 30.4%.The proportion of 16-18 year olds not inemployment, education or training has decreasedfrom 10.8% in 2006/7 to 9.3% in 2007/8. This isnow travelling in the right direction to meet thetarget of 9% set for 2008/9.This has decreased from 0.69 in 2006/7 to 0.45 in2007/8. This is not on target to meet the 1.1set for2008/9.Looked After Children achieving at least1GCSE grade A*-G or GNVQIncidence of bullying:% of Primary School pupils who think theirschool takes bullying seriously% of Secondary pupils who think their schooltakes bullying seriouslyLevel of repeat offending amongst youngpeopleThis has decreased from 59.5% in 2006/7 to 50.9%in 2007/8. This trend needs to be reversed if we areto meet the 62% set for 2008/9.A baseline of 71% has been established for 2007/8.A baseline of 41% has been established for 2007/8.This has been reduced to 32.8% in 2006/7 from 43%in 2005/6 and is currently exceeding the targets set.2626


3A Caring City continued...PRIORITY OUTCOME: More older people and vulnerable adultsmaintaining a high quality of life by living independentlyDetailed IndicatorNumber of older people helped to live at homeReduce the current growth in emergencyadmissions to hospital care of people over 75years to less than 2% year on yearThe number of vulnerable older adultsreceiving low level preventative servicesprovided by patch based support workersNumber of people receiving a home libraryservice as a % of older people helped to live athomeProgressThis has decreased from 86 to 80 older peoplehelped to live at home in 2007/8 and is slightly offthe target of 86 set for 2008/9.There was a decreased from 5937 in 2006/7 to 5776in 2007/8, which is a reduction of 2.7% inadmissions.This figure has stayed the same at 590 vulnerableolder adults received low level preventative servicesfrom 2004/5 to 2007/8.The Percentage of older people helped to live athome that received a home library service increasedfrom 31.00% in 2006/7 to 32.40% in 2007/8.WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/082727


3WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08A Caring City continued...PRIORITY OUTCOME: Increased use of play, leisure, cultural,sports and social activitiesDetailed Indicator% of young people participating in sportintervention that continues to participateregularly in sport after intervention is completeThe percentage of 5-16 year olds in schoolswho spend a minimum of 2 hours on highquality PE and school sportsThe % of residents who think that, over thepast 3 years, the following have got better orstayed the same: activities for teenagers;Cultural facilities (cinemas, museums); Facilitiesfor young children; Sport & leisure facilitiesChildren from schools in deprived wardsvisiting Arts & Museums in organised schoolgroupsProgressIn 2007/8, 65% of young people participatedregularly in sport after intervention was completed.This has increased from 87% in 2006/7 to 90% in2007/8. This is on course to meet the target of 90%set for 2008/9.85% of residents felt activities for teenagers had gotbetter or stayed the same over the past 3 years, thishad decreased from 96.4% in 2003/4. 93% felt sofor cultural facilities, which was an increase from89.9% in 2003/4. 89% felt so for facilities for youngchildren, which had decreased from 95.5% in2003/4. 93% felt so for sports & leisure facilities,which was a slight decrease from 93.9% in 2003/4.In 2006/7 the count stood at 1,593 children, this wasa slight decrease from the 2,239 in 2005/6.% of schools achieving ArtsmarkThe number of young people accessinglearning through ICT in libraries in deprivedwards30% of schools were achieving the Artsmark in2006/7 with this decreasing slightly to 28% in 2007/8.This reached the target of 28% set for 2007/8.10,909 young people accessed learning through ICTin deprived wards in 2006/7, this decreased to 8107in 2007/8. This is slightly below the target of 10,000set for the end of 2007/8.2828


3A City Communities & NeighbourhoodsPRIORITY OUTCOME: Improved quality of life with services bettermeeting the needs of people in their communities and neighbourhoodDetailed Indicator% of residents satisfied with delivery ofservices% of residents from priority wards who wereeither satisfied or very satisfied with their areaas a place to live% of residents who think that for their localarea, over the past 3 years, communityactivities have got better or stayed the sameNumber of social housing made decent orprevented from becoming non-decentProgressLevels of satisfaction have increased from 64% in2006/7 to 75% in 2007/08. This is above our targetto retain the baseline value.Residents’ satisfaction with their local area as a placeto live has increased from 70% in 2006/7 to 85% in2007/08.In 2006/7, 92% of residents felt that communityactivities within their local area had got better orstayed the same over the past 3 years. This decreasedto a figure of 84% in 2007/08.There were 13,520 non-decent social housingproperties city wide and 7,082 non-decent socialhousing properties in priority neighbourhoods in2004/5. In 2007/8 363 properties were made decentor prevented from becoming non-decent city wide and328 of these were in priority neighbourhoods. This isan improvement on the 250 and 172 in 2006/07.WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08Number of private sector homes improvedThe total number of new housing completionsHouse price to income ratioNo of repeat homeless applicants accepted asstatutory homeless by homeless services157 homes were improved in 2007/8, a slightdecrease from 193 homes in 2006/07.In 2006/7 there were 294 new housing completionsrecorded, this has increased to 383 householdcompletions in 2007/8. This is good progresstowards our target of 366 by 2008/9.House price to income ratio in 2005 stood at 4.80,this rose to 5.17 in 2006.1.58% of repeat homeless applicants were acceptedas statutory homeless by homeless services in 2006/7,this increased to 3.61% in 2007/8.2929


3WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08A City Communities & Neighbourhoods continued...PRIORITY OUTCOME: Stronger communities with more local peopleinvolved in local decision makingDetailed Indicator% of residents who feel they can influencedecisions affecting their local areaThe number of community participants ondecision making bodies and other localarrangementsPRIORITY OUTCOME: Improved social cohesion, social inclusion andequality and diversityDetailed IndicatorProgressThe % of residents who feel they can influencedecisions affecting their area has increased from 34%in 2006/7 to 40% in 2007/8. This will need toimprove slightly if we are to meet our target of 43%in 2008/9.There were 385 community participants on decisionmaking bodies & other local arrangements in 2006/7.Full figures are not available but 357 communityparticipants were involved in the Local AreaNeighbourhood Arrangements in 2007/08.Progress% of residents who feel their area is a placewhere people from different backgrounds canget on well togetherAgreement about whether the localneighbourhood is a place where peoplerespect ethnic differences between peopleThe number of racially motivated incidentsrecorded by the police% of residents who think that people beingattacked because of skin colour, ethnic originor religion is a big or fairly big problemIn 2006/7 82% of residents felt people from differentbackgrounds can get on well together in their area.This increased to 88% in 2007/8 and is in line withour target to retain the baseline figure of 80%.In 2005/6, 80% of residents felt their localneighbourhood was a place where people respectethnic differences between people. This figureincreased to 88% in 2007/8 showing excellentprogress.214 racially motivated incidents were recorded by thepolice in 2007/8 – an increase from 192 in 2005/6.In 2006/7, 5% of residents thought that attacks dueto skin colour, ethnic origin or religion were a big orfairly big problem. This is a decrease on the 7% in2004/5.3030


The 7 themes of the Community PlanA Caring CityChildren & Young People’sStrategic PartnershipContact: Sue ColemanTelephone: 01902 551215Health & Well-being PartnershipContact: Cath CunninghamTelephone: 01902 444757A Green CityEnvironmental PartnershipContact: Sarah CampbellTelephone: 01902 552052A City of Communitesand NeighbourhoodsStrategic Housing PartnershipContact: Kerry BolisterTelephone: 01902 444720A Wealth Creating CityEconomic PartnershipContact: Jay PatelTelephone: 01902 554955A Learning CityLearning PartnershipContact: Rod SheppardTelephone: 01902 821937A Healthy CityHealth & Well-being PartnershipContact: Cath CunninghamTelephone:01902 444757A Safe CitySafer Wolverhampton PartnershipContact: Andrew GoughTelephone: 01902 551341WOLVERHAMPTON PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT 2007/08Head of Local and NeighbourhoodArrangementsContact: Sheila CollettTelephone: 01902 55604331


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