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Corporate Plan

​​​​​Delivering Capital Ambition
Cardiff’s Corporate Plan 2021-24


Leader’s Introduction

In January 2020, Capital Ambition, my Administration’s five-year policy programme for the city, was refreshed, with a number of bold political priorities reaffirmed, continuing the ambition of creating a greener, fairer and stronger capital city that plays a leading role in creating a better future for Wales. 

Delivering new schools, continuing one of the UK’s most ambitious Council house-building programmes, leading a low-carbon transition across the city, as well as supporting the creation of new jobs and prosperity through major projects, are just some of the commitments identified in Capital Ambition. Each supports the Council’s ambition to reduce the large and growing inequalities between communities, and ensures all citizens are able to contribute to, and benefit from, the city’s success.

Whilst the Council is accustomed to delivering in the face of adversity – having faced over a decade of UK Government austerity measures – the challenge of responding to a global pandemic has been unrivalled.  Our ability to come together – working with common purpose and shared values – has seen Cardiff at its best during what has been an incredibly challenging time.  Amazing things have been achieved. A stadium was transformed into a hospital, tens of thousands of food parcels were delivered to school children and our city’s most vulnerable residents, and hotels have been repurposed so that nobody need sleep on our city’s streets.  Approximately £100 million in grant support has been allocated to roughly 10,000 local businesses over the course of the pandemic and the Council has been instrumental in establishing and supporting the Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) service, which helps to trace and control the spread of the virus. 

This was made possible thanks to the extraordinary response of Council staff – and other public service colleagues – in responding to the crisis. This period has demonstrated the commitment, resilience and adaptability of our staff who have rapidly adjusted to new ways of working, taken on new roles via short-term redeployment and regularly gone over and above the call of duty. The unwavering support of fellow Councillors, trade union partners and those in the third sector has also been crucial to the city’s success in managing the pandemic. 

The Council will continue work to prevent the further spread of the virus, building on the firm foundations laid with the TTP service. The Council is working closely with our health service colleagues to deliver a mass vaccination programme for Cardiff; the more effectively that this can be done, the more lives can be saved, and the quicker that Cardiff can begin to recover fully from the impact of Covid-19. 

Whilst we are still very much in the midst of a public health crisis, we recognise also that there are long-term challenges which will need to be addressed, and the Council is already planning for recovery. We know that Covid-19 has brought significant economic hardship to bear on people and communities, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable in society. The disruption to children’s education, the impact of social isolation on mental health and the reduction in physical activity as a result of lockdown will have adversely impacted many lives. This Corporate Plan sets out how we will respond to all of these issues. 

In planning for recovery, we have already established an Economic Recovery Taskforce to ensure that Cardiff will not just ‘bounce-back’ but ‘bounce-forward’, as an exemplary post-Covid-19 model for a city, attractive to new investment and talent. This includes continuing to actively support residents who are seeking work or looking to upskill. We are also progressing work within Education to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on pupils. This includes supporting schools to adjust to new pupil assessments, as well as ensuring that all children and young people are presented with the same opportunities to engage with remote learning. So far over 20,000 digital devices have been delivered to schools to assist those pupils who are digitally disadvantaged.

We are currently at an extraordinary moment of challenge but also opportunity, to deliver on our long-standing ambitions but to also re-think Cardiff’s future as a resilient, inclusive and innovative city. With the right agenda, partners and commitment, I am confident that we can emerge even stronger post-Covid-19, and deliver a better future for our citizens, our businesses, for the Capital Region and for Wales. 

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