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Corporate Plan

Delivering Capital Ambition
Cardiff’s Corporate Plan 2019-22


Leader’s Introduction

My Administration was elected by the people of Cardiff with a commitment that every citizen – regardless of their creed, race, gender, or inherited wealth – should have the chance to fulfil their potential, and play a full part in the life of our city. 


A commitment to continuing Cardiff’s remarkable regeneration journey and fulfilling our capital city responsibilities as the economic, cultural and political powerhouse of Wales.  This is more important than ever because, as the UK prepares to leave the European Union, Cardiff must reassert its longstanding position as an open and outward-looking capital city connecting Wales and the world.


A commitment to closing the gap between the richest and poorest communities, be it by narrowing the attainment gap in our schools, narrowing the gap in youth and long-term unemployment, or tackling the health inequalities that mean that people in our poorest communities are dying nearly ten years earlier than those in more affluent areas.


In short, a commitment to making sure that each and every citizen has the chance to both contribute to, and benefit from, our city’s success.


In Capital Ambition we set out our policy agenda for making this happen. This plan provides a detailed programme of delivery. 


It sets out our plans for continuing the improvement of education in Cardiff, a top priority for young people in Cardiff and for my Administration. From being at the bottom of the class at the turn of the decade, GSCE results are now above the national average and, crucially, the gap in attainment between the results of children from our richest and poorest communities is closing year-on-year.


Amongst the most important commitments in this plan are those for supporting our city’s most vulnerable children and families. For those young people in care, you have my commitment that we will do everything in our power to give you the support you need to fulfil your potential. I believe that over the decade ahead our schools can be the best in Wales, and our capital can be the best city in Britain in which to grow up. Our young people deserve no less.


This plan details how we are supporting older people, particularly those who are suffering ill health, by continuing our work to join up our care services. This will mean working with hospitals and GPs to ensure we all act as one system of support, focused on keeping people happy and healthy, living in their own homes and local communities, for as long as possible.


It describes how we will enhance our successful Community Hubs programme which brings together a wide range of highly-valued services within the locality, recognising the need to ensure local public services are delivered as one integrated offer. This is crucial in helping to keep our streets safe and clean and our communities cohesive, confident and welcoming places to live.


The plan makes clear how we are protecting the most vulnerable people in our city, finding both immediate and lasting solutions for those people who are homeless, and the small number of people – particularly children and women – who through no fault of their own are subject to abuse, violence and exploitation.


More broadly, we set out a detailed approach to delivering the houses and communities needed to support Cardiff’s rapidly increasing population. I am particularly pleased that, with the keys to the first Council houses built in Cardiff in years now being handed over to tenants, our radical programme for housing delivery is providing high-quality and affordable homes for more and more people. Crucially, the city’s growth will be supported by ambitious plans to overhaul our city’s transport system so that it is fit for a city of a half a million residents that Cardiff will be in a generation’s time.


Of course, all of this requires a strong economy.  In partnership with the private sector we will build on the momentum that has seen 25,000 new jobs created in the city over the last five years, placing a sharp focus on making sure that these are accessible to all our citizens, and wherever possible, pay the Real Living Wage. 


All this will be underpinned by a comprehensive programme of modernisation using digital technologies to improve public services, investing in our buildings and, most importantly of all, supporting our workforce that delivers public services in our city, each and every day.


We do not underestimate the challenge of delivering this agenda at a time of continuing public sector austerity. And we are honest about the fact that the Council does not control all the levers that will influence Cardiff’s success, most especially amidst the continuing uncertainty of Brexit. But we are determined that our services must make a positive difference to the lives of our citizens, across all aspects of city life, from the earliest years of a child’s life to the care and support we rely upon in our later years. Our ambition is to continue to improve these services, and this plan sets out how we will do just that.​



Cllr Huw Thomas
Leader of Cardiff Council

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