The Welsh Assembly Government is drawing up agreements with all 22 local authorities in Wales and will provide extra money to councils improving their performance and service standards to agreed levels by 2007.
* more people helped into work through training and enterprise centres
* higher levels of attainment in schools
* a higher rate of secondary school attendance
* more help for older people to live at home
* more support for high value-added companies
* an increase in the amount of municipal waste that is recycled
Ms Essex said:
'The Assembly Government is committed to working in partnership with the council to meet the needs and priorities of the people of Cardiff.'
Mr Berman said:
'This agreement sets out how we will measure success in some key areas over the next three years. The council's new administration has put a renewed emphasis on partnership at the community level, and welcomes a shared ambition with the Assembly to improve services for local people.'
This current round of policy agreements covers the financial years 2004/5 to 2006/7. All 22 local authorities in Wales have been invited to conclude such an agreement in discussion with the Welsh Assembly Government:
All policy agreements contain 16 'measures'. Eight of these are set at an all-Wales level, and cover key local authority education, social services and housing functions. The remainder are proposed by each authority itself as a way of meeting local needs, while also contributing to national strategic priorities of helping more people into jobs, creating better jobs and skills, creating strong, safe communities, improving health, and promoting equality of opportunity and sustainable development.
A total of£30m per year is available by means of an incentive grant to authorities - whether for concluding an agreement (in the current financial year) or making adequate progress towards the targets in it (in the next two financial years). The amount each authority receives is calculated by the same formula as applies to the main local government revenue support grant.
The text of Cardiff's policy agreement is available here: