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Shaping NPT – A better life in a better place for a better future

Shaping NPT is Neath Port Talbot Council’s Corporate Plan. It sets out what we are going to do to help the county borough become a better place for people to live, learn and work and bring up their families. A place where everyone has an equal chance to get on in life.

Every day the council delivers hundreds of services to more than 140,000 residents

Here you can read more about the work we are doing to help us improve the well-being of our residents and communities, highlighting some of the services and the support we are providing. We will post updates throughout the year about customers’ and service users’ experiences and post progress reports on how we are doing.


Our priorities for improvement over the next few years are:

To improve the well-being of children and young people

We want all of our children and young people to have the best start in life, so they can be the best they can be

To improve the well-being of all adults who live in the county borough

We want everyone to participate fully in community life – socially and economically

To develop the local economy and environment

We want Neath Port Talbot County Borough to be a vibrant, healthy and safe place to live, work and enjoy recreational time.

How are we doing?

Here you can read about the progress we have made, what is going well and where we are on track, but also about those areas that need more work. 

The Council is continuing to make good progress on implementing the programme set out in the Corporate Plan 2018-2022. Overall, we achieved most of what we set out to do in relation to our three well-being objectives and associated improvement priorities and report an overall improved position compared to last year. 78 (83%) out of 94 ‘steps’, i.e. the actions we set to deliver on our improvement priorities are on track, compared to 57 of 78 (73%) for last year. 15 (16%) of the steps are just of track and one was off track and is related to the City Deal work streams.

You can read the full report here and a summary version here.

How are we improving the well-being of our children and young people?

Areas that need more work:

  • Further embed a Children’s Rights based approach as a framework for wellbeing within our schools.
  • To complete our work on developing a Children and Young People’s Participation and Engagement Strategy.
  • Roll out, Violence Against Women Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV) age appropriate lessons packs across
    schools over time.

How are we improving the well-being of adults who live in the county borough?

Areas that need more work

  •  Although we improved our procurement practices to ensure smaller and locally based organisations are able to
    participate in tender processes regardless of their size, and worked with Welsh Government on a number of strategies,
    there is still more work to do.
  • The number of affordable housing delivered through the planning system (i.e. Section 106 Agreements), continues to be
    considerably lower than the annualised Local Development Plan targets.
  • Work continues to more fully understand the root causes of the high rate of drug related deaths in the area.
  • Work continues across Western Bay/West Glamorgan region to review the types of services that are provided in the
    community to enable more people to retain their independence.
  • The rate of people kept in hospital while waiting for social care per 1,000 population aged 75 has increased
  • Management and service priority changes in the Commissioning team, meant we were unable to pilot the use of assistive
    technology packages in learning disability supported living schemes.

How are we improving the local economy and environment?

Areas that need more work:

  • Work with our regional partners to deliver the City Deal.
  • We introduced changes to the way waste is collected, disposed of and recycled including the introduction of “black bag presentation areas” at our Household Waste and Recycling Centres to check for any recyclable material. Whilst the figure falls slightly short of our own target, there is an increase from last year and is in excess of the Welsh Government target
    Corporate Plan 2018-22 Annual Report Summary: 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019 12 of 58%. Many of the measures to improve performance do not come into effect until later in the year so we are yet to see their full impact.
  • Continue to work with developers and partners to deliver key strategic development sites along the coastal corridor (including Coed Darcy, Port Talbot Harbourside, Baglan Energy Park and Swansea University Innovation Campus
  • We have more work to do to deliver our Biodiversity Duty Plan and green infrastructure across the county borough.

Customer stories

Find out how we are making a real difference to people in the county borough.

NPT School Ambassadors

Getting back to work - Mark's story

Working with Nature

New Resolven Business

A foster carer's story

Supporting our town centres

An Enterprise Club success story

A fresh start for Kelly

Community benefits - Steffan's story

An apprentice's story - Ibrahim Hasan

We welcome your feedback on Shaping NPT. Have your say here

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